City fixing fireman’s retirement plan

JOHNSTOWN – The Common Council took action on several personnel-related matters this week, including trying to correct the retirement plan of a city firefighter.

The council on June 17 approved a resolution requesting state lawmakers enact special “home rule” legislation to allow city firefighter Eric Brown to enroll in the state’s Tier 5, 20-year retirement plan. The city hired Brown on July 26, 2009.

That resolution stated Brown originally failed to make a timely application to participate in the retirement plan through the State and Local Retirement System.

City Fire Chief Bruce Heberer said in June his department the last few years has been working behind the scenes trying to get Brown into the proper retirement plan, and now the city is looking for help from state legislators.

The resolution approved by the council Monday authorizes the State and Local Retirement System to reopen Article 22 of the Retirement and Social Security Law on Brown’s behalf.

“This is sort of a housekeeping piece,” said Mayor Sarah Slingerland.

The resolution indicated the city assumes the “additional cost required” to reopen the matter, but it didn’t specify that cost.


In another personnel matter, the council reappointed Frank Parker of 258 Woods Hollow Road, Mayfield, as city assessor, with a term expiring on Sept. 30, 2019.

The position is part-time, at 20 hours per week, with a pay rate of $26.50 per hour.

The council also appointed Richard Pettit of 505 S. Melcher St. as a member of the city’s Board of Assessment Review. He was named to a five-year term, expiring Sept. 30, 2018.