Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs and Sheriff Tom Spangler held a joint news conference Tuesday to announce they have filed a settlement proposal with the Knox County Retirement and Pension Board to end ongoing lawsuits over pensions.
The suit essentially pits the county government against itself. The lawsuit has to do with calculating retirement pay amounts for a group of sheriff’s office employees.
The mayor’s office says this has already cost taxpayers $600,000. Spangler says he’s happy with the proposed settlement and that deputies affected by the changes are too.
“They’re all in favor of it. The officers feel good about it and they like it and we haven’t heard any bad comments about it. We’ve been talking to the officers, we would think that we would get some negative comments but everything’s been positive about it. I think they’re looking forward to getting this thing settled, and going on and moving on,” said Spangler.
Mayor Jacobs is urging Knox County Commission to follow along and pass a resolution in support of ending the lawsuit.