Ex-legislator aims for retirement help | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Ex-legislator aims for retirement help

Posted By on Sat, Sep 25, 2010 at 6:53 AM

Interesting story in this week's Petit Jean Country Headlight.

You all undoubtedly remember Charles Ormond, the former Arkansas legislator who pushed repeatedly for a casino gambling amendment that would make him state gambling czar. He's been angling for a little city help to qualify for a state retirement check.

The Morrilton City Council met Monday, Sept. 13, and approved by a 5-3 vote to employ former State Rep. Charles Ormond for a three month period. The employment would provide Ormond with the needed time to qualify him for his state retirement. The motion, made by Alderman Roger Lawrence, was vetoed by the mayor the next day. ...

Ormond had previously met with the council during its May meeting, asking to be employed as a beautification consultant for three months. Ormond, for the past eight years, has mowed and brush-hogged the two Morrilton Interstate 40 interchanges and the Highway 9/64 interchange at no charge to the city. Ormond requested
the city pay him for the service for a three month period. He said this would provide him with the balance of the time needed to qualify for state retirement he had massed while serving as state representative. He termed out and could not run again for that office.

Ormond said during the May meeting his plans were to continue providing the service to the city free after the employment ended. At that meeting the council locked on a tie vote. Last week’s 5-3 vote included paying Ormond
$1,000 a month for the next three months. Mayor Bobby Kirby, who expressed his opposition to the motion, vetoed the council action the following day. It will take a six-member vote to override the veto. Mayor Kirby said his decision to veto was due to no positions being open for an employee for the City of Morrilton and to create a
position would be contrary to the public interest.

The Council also voted to install the motto "In God We Trust" in the Council chamber.

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