Recently I looked in the personnel record of a Memphis disability retiree. In the record was a letter from the pension administrator to the retiree citing a provision of the pension ordinance. The ordinance stated that if the retiree earns an income after leaving the city, that his disability income will be reduced so that his income will be no more than his final average compensation before disability approval.
I asked several high administration officials and they stated that this provision was not being enforced and that incomes of disability recipients were not being audited.
We are talking about millions of dollars not being saved here as Memphis has 648 disabled employees, 429 being line of duty disability with the earliest drawing these checks since 1962. I have checked on several of these people and they are working and doing well. It is time we enforced this pension provision which is fair and equitable and reduce this annual cost which last year was $16.4 million taxpayer dollars.