Mayor Robert Reichert is recommending five out of six appointments to the city’s two pension boards to remain unchanged, and three of those nominations sailed through the Employee Development and Compensation Committee without debate or opposition on Wednesday.
The sixth appointment, sending Councilman Frank Tompkins instead of reappointing Councilman Charles Jones, to the Fire and Police Pension Board, also drew no opposition -- including from Jones, who also chaired the committee meeting.
Two reappointments to the General Employees Pension Board were held up because the nominees weren’t present at Wednesday’s meeting.
Councilwoman Lauren Benedict and Neal Davis, a Central Services employee, were approved for reappointment to the General Employees Pension Board. Councilman Larry Schlesinger was approved for reappointment to the Fire and Police Pension Board.
All pension board terms are for four years.
Benedict and Schlesinger also serve on the Employee Development and Compensation Committee. Schlesinger wondered if he needed to recuse himself from voting on his own reappointment, but Assistant City Attorney Tena Helms said there was no need since Schlesinger would receive no financial benefit from serving on the unpaid board. With that, all the appointments passed unanimously.
Reggie Moore, assistant director of Parks and Recreation, and Shane Spells of SunTrust Investment Services were recommended for reappointment to the General Employees Pension Board. Jones noted that he had résumés for all the appointees, but that Davis and Moore were not present, as committee rules require. He said he’d schedule a special meeting for them next Tuesday, and Internal Affairs Director Keith Moffett said he will inform Davis and Moore that they needed to attend.
Jones said he feels that he’s served long enough on the Fire and Police Pension Board, and is proud of his tenure, but is glad to hand it over to Tompkins.
Tompkins said he was asked to serve on the pension board, and is glad to do so; it’s an extension of his commitment to public service, he said.
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