Former Frankfort Police chief and current assistant village administrator Rob Piscia last week withdrew his police pension credits claim, which had come under fire from a state agency and some officers on the force, the Chicago Tribune reports.
At issue was Piscia collecting police pension credits after stepping down as chief to take the assistant village administrator job in 2010, the report said. The Illinois Department of Insurance, which oversees the state's local police pension boards, agreed with some Frankfort Police officers that Piscia should not have been eligible for those credits, the report continued. Those officers formally brought up the issue with the Frankfort Police Pension Board, the report said.
Piscia initially claimed he was entitled to the police pension credits earned over the past two years because he did some police work during that time, the report said. However, that police work doesn't ensure pension credit eligibility, and Piscia dropped his fight last week before a hearing Monday, Sept. 17, to avoid any further controversy, according to the Tribune.
If Piscia would have kept those two years of credits, which applied to his higher administrative salary, he would have earned about $9,000 a year from his pension, going from $66,000 to $75,000, the Tribune calculated.
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