Cianci, Cicilline, Esserman Pensions Targeted
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
The board will also take up the question of whether Police Chief Dean Esserman has a second pension through the city.
Cianci’s pensions have already appeared on the agenda at least once this year. Board members have said they do not feel a need to take action on removing his retirement pay until he actually applies for the benefit.
But board member Carla Dowben says she is pressing one more time to get the board to act—saying Cianci’s conviction on a federal racketeering charge should exclude him from receiving any retirement benefits. She says the board shouldn’t wait for Cianci to apply. “There’s no reason not to stop him at any time, any day, any year—20 years from now from applying,” Dowben said.
City ordinance allows the board to pull pensions for former employees who did not render dishonorable service. The state Supreme Court recently ruled that the ordinance in place at the beginning of this year applied to criminal convictions.
Cicilline has called the move “the most ridiculous thing” he's heard. He said he opted out of his elected official pension and is not eligible for regular pension. But O’Mara said Cicilline still earned credits in the city retirement system—and he wants to prevent him from using them again.
The board will also be reviewing whether Esserman had—as O’Mara claims—a special second pension.
The board is scheduled to meet at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow in City Hall.
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