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Merit pension plan changed


LaGrange County Sheriff Terry Martin appeared before the LaGrange County Council Tuesday morning requesting a change in the sheriff’s merit defined benefit pension program.

The change, which was approved effective Jan. 1, 2013, will change the full-vesting period from eight years to 10 years. This will keep a two-term sheriff from drawing a full pension.

Martin explained that as the plan is currently written, a two-term sheriff will draw nearly the same pension as a full 20-year police officer.

Martin said that deputies wanted and approved the change and the Merit Board has approved and is recommending the change.