SEE latest press release from mayor"s office: MAYOR CREATES RETIREMENT REFORM TASK FORCE
Eleven-member Panel Will Review Pension Agreement
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 3, 2013 â€“ Mayor Alvin Brown today announced the formation of the 11-member Jacksonville Retirement Reform Task Force, which will be led by attorney William Scheu of Jacksonville as chairman.
The Task Force is comprised of community leaders committed to Jacksonvilleâ€™s future who will review the proposed public safety pension reform agreement, seek input from stakeholders and other interested citizens, and make recommendations on how the City should proceed.
â€œA fair, cost-effective retirement reform solution is crucial for our cityâ€™s future,â€ said Mayor Brown. â€œWe remain very confident in our work, but want to do everything possible to answer any questions as we move toward a solution that benefits taxpayers and respects employees.â€
Task Force members include: Council Finance Committee Chairman Greg Anderson, Chester Aikens, Charles Appleby, Kirsten Doolittle, Bob Miller, Kelli Oâ€™Leary, William Rupp, Robert Shircliff, Greg Smith and John Wilbanks. Brief biographies on the members are attached.
The Task Force will have its first meeting from 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, at City Hall. Scheu said that the Task Force is expected to conclude its review and produce recommendations no later than August after studying the communityâ€™s options on an issue critical to Jacksonvilleâ€™s future.
â€œThis will be a thorough, though expedited, independent review that will consider the full range of issues involving pension reform,â€ Scheu said. â€œThese panel members are longtime community leaders with a variety of experiences and perspectives.â€
Scheu will participate in a conference call with news media at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3. Please email email@example.com
for the call-in phone number and passcode.
Mayor Brown has proposed pension reform legislation (2013-366), which is currently being reviewed by the Jacksonville City Council. Information on the retirement reform proposal can be found online at coj.net/retirementreform.