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Fayetteville council members proposes city retirement plan

Hannah Lee

Fayetteville City council members D.J. Haire & Chris Davis have submitted a request to have a retirement plan for city council members.

The Market House, located in the middle of Fayetteville, North Carolina.Hannah Lee

According to the request, the council members state that they would like the City to explore a retirement for its elected officials. They cite that Federal, State, and Cumberland County Elected Officials have some form of retirement for their elected officials.

The request does state some possible retirement conditions. Those conditions are:

  • A present sitting council member has to have served ten years on the City Council.
  • The council member has to be at least 60 years old to apply.
  • The council member cannot receive the retirement money until they are off the City Council.
  • The retirement plan would be $500 per month.

If passed, the only council member that would be able to receive the retirement would-be council member Haire. Council member Kathy Jensen is coming up on serving City Council for almost 10 years but is not 60 years old or older. Council member Larry Wright was just voted out during his ninth year serving on City Council, and council member Johnny Dawkins has not served 10 years on City Council yet.

The city council will discuss the request at the next work meeting, scheduled for Aug. 1. The meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. The work session comes after the City has taken July off and the city elections. This will be the last work session before the new City Council gets sworn in on Aug. 11.

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Hannah Lee is a freelance journalist who covers local politics in Cumberland County, North Carolina, true crime, parenting trends, and recent studies in psychology.

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