Double-dipping: Neither gone nor forgotten | Arkansas Blog

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Double-dipping: Neither gone nor forgotten

Posted By on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 3:22 PM

Retired members of the Public Employees Retirement System now have to leave office longer before they may return to work and claim both a retirement and pay check. But it is still possible. I'm guessing that's at work here, as reported in the Forrest City Times-Herald:

St. Francis County Circuit Clerk Bette Green announced Tuesday that she will retire effective Oct. 1 from the position she’s held for more than 20 years, but resume her role as Circuit Clerk in January.

With write-in deadlines past now and no election opponent (she also was unopposed in the Democratic primary), Green announced her three-month retirement yesterday. She was out of the office when I called about her plans today. I was informed by the Public Employees Retirement System that a new law requires a 180-day retirement before a covered employee may double-dip. But, under certain circumstances, including 28 years of service, a public official can qualify after 90 days of "retirement." Green, according to an office employee, was a county employee for 16 years and has been circuit clerk for 21 years. To qualify for the 90-day retirement option, the employee must, in addition to having 28 years of service, also be a participant in the deferred retirement option plan. APERS can't confirm such participation about individual members such as Green.

If Green has a double-dip in mind — and why otherwise would she retire for three months? — it could be perfectly legal. Also perfectly safe to announce it to voters after escaping election opposition.

Tags: ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • IHOP coming down, but .....

    I always scan the Little Rock City Board for items of interest this week and this one caught my eye: A zoning measure required by a proposal to tear down the IHOP at Markham and University.
    • Apr 30, 2016
  • Women's March planned in Arkansas to mark Trump inauguration

    Speaking of Donald Trump and in answer to a reader's question: There will be a women's march in Arkansas on Jan. 21, the day after inauguration, as well as the national march planned in Washington.
    • Dec 30, 2016
  • Saturday's open line

    Got any thoughts? Put them here.
    • May 21, 2016

Most Shared

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation