The Loudon County Commission heard a request from the
Sheriff's Department to change the retirement age for
officers, but it was denied as commissioners chose to
revisit the issue during the next budget cycle.
The resolution would have established a mandatory retirement
age for the department at age 60, or age 62 for those whose
jobs are more than 50 percent administrative.
If the commission approves the change next year, it will
allow officers who meet the requirements, including 25 years
of creditable service, to retire on service retirement
benefits at age 55.
Commissioners voted unanimously to deny the request because
it would necessitate a budget increase. During a previous
workshop Commissioner Earlena Maples asked if the issue
would not be more appropriate during the next budget cycle,
which her fellow commissioners agreed.