As DeKalb County explores ways to increase pay and benefits for police officers and firefighters to keep them around longer, commissioners are considering a new pension just for public safety employees.
DeKalb currently has one pension for all government workers. By comparison, Atlanta has a fund each for police and fire separate from its retirement system for other government workers. Fulton County once had a public safety pension fund, but in 2008 consolidated its various plans into one.
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In the coming weeks, staff will present DeKalb commissioners with different options and costs associated with creating a pension for just policemen and women and firefighters.
One possibility being researched for DeKalb is a plan that allows these workers to retire with full benefits after 20 years of service.
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