Sheriff’s fund headed for vote
In November, Leavenworth County voters will be asked to decide whether to approve a $3.5 million bond to allow the county to buy into the Kansas Police and Fire Retirement Fund for sheriff's officers.
"It was a unanimous vote by the county commissioners," said Sheriff Herb Nye.
If approved, this means that after 25 years of service, an officer covered by KP&F could retire with 62.5 percent of his average income. Under the present KPERS system, officers may retire after 25 years with 43.74 percent of their average salary.
Nye said last week's commission vote to put the bond issue on the November ballot fulfills a long-time goal.
"I've been asking for several years if the commissioners did not find the money or were afraid the taxpayers would rebel if they did fund this," Nye said. "And I asked them to let the taxpayers decide."
If voters approve the switch to the KP&F retirement fund, the changeover would take place Jan. 1, 2001, and would affect only certified law enforcement officers.