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County Mayor Forum with Lucy Williams

If you haven’t heard the news yet, you’re in for a treat. We’re partnering with the Elk Valley Times to host the 2018 County Mayor Forum. It’s Monday June 11th at 6pm in the Municipal Auditorium.

The forum gives both candidates – incumbent Bill Newman and challenger Rick Head – an opportunity to introduce themselves and then answer questions on a variety of issues, including community growth, government transparency and accountability, and their vision for the future of Lincoln County. I’ll be moderating the event with Lucy Williams from the Times.

On this episode, Lucy and I chat about the forum, what you need to know about it, and why it’s something our community needs before election day.

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2 comments on “County Mayor Forum with Lucy Williams

  1. Brenda Roles

    Isn’t it true that once a person holds a county office for 12 years that they receive a pension for life?

    • To the best of my knowledge, it’s not true. I also contacted the county finance department and mayor’s office, with both commenting that it’s not.

      County employees participate in the state TN Consolidated Retirement System (TCRS). It’s the same program that K-12 teachers, first responders, and other public employees use.

      With county employees, they contribute 5% of their salary and become vested after 5 years. If they’re vested and of retirement age, TCRS uses a formula that considers years of employment as well as amount of contributions to determine their monthly benefit.

      There’s more on the TCRS program, some benefit examples, and how it’s used by local governments here – http://treasury.tn.gov/tcrs/LocalGov.html

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