Chattanooga Mayor, public safety groups approve of pension reform proposal

When Andy Berke ran for the office of Chattanooga mayor, the city’s police and fire unions supported his bid. But allegiances change fast in politics, and Berke’s post-election crusade to cut pension costs drew the ire of the unions that had once backed him. Now, after months of tense negotiations and an onslaught of police and firefighter retirements, ...

Chattanooga lawmakers turn in reform ideas, but public safety workers want out

There have been a suspicious number of retirements this year in the Chattanooga Fire and Police Departments—and the city’s Fire and Police Pension Board says it’s not a coincidence. Chattanooga Mayor Andy Burke recently put together a task force of lawmakers to come up with “concrete proposals” for reforming the city’s Police and Fire Pension ...
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