Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Six Brookfield Fire Chiefs voluntarily Pay into Pension fund in Solidarity

I’ve taken a few well deserved shots at Brookfield for their Republican voting record, but like Lorne Green said in the song Ringo, there’s still a “spark of good” somewhere in that elitist community.

Let’s hear it for all six fire chiefs of City of Brookfield.
Brookfield: In a move that could save the city $10,000 this year and $25,000 in 2012, all six chiefs of the City of Brookfield Fire Department have volunteered to contribute 5.8 percent of their net pay to the city, according to Mayor Steve Ponto.

Although police and fire employees, including management, are exempt from paying the 5.8 percent pension deductions required of all other municipal employees under the state collective bargaining law, the chiefs have decided as a matter of fairness to make the same contributions toward their pensions.

“I believe the staff decided to make the contribution because of the inequities the Legislature made in exempting public safety and transit employees and (we) want to do what is best for the city,” Fire Chief Charlie Myers wrote in an e-mail to Ponto.

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