• Jacksonville City Council withdraws police, fire pension leadership bill


    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville City Council on Wednesday night voted to withdraw the bill that would give the city power over the fifth pension board spot on the Police and Fire Pension Fund.

    Currently, the board is made up of five members. Two are appointed by City Council, one by the police union and another by the fire union. Those four then select a fifth member. 

    Council members considered a proposal that would allow the mayor pick the fifth member, who the council would then approve. The change would have been pending a final decision by voters.

    The president of the fire union says he is happy with the decision and now they can work on the pension problem. 

    Councilman John Crescimbeni says he removed the bill because when it was discussed two weeks ago there was a push to put it on the November ballot. That deadline has now passed. 

    Catherine Varnum will have more on this development on FOX30 Action News at 10 and CBS47 Action News at 11.

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