Metro to consider early retirement program - WSMV Channel 4

Metro to consider early retirement program

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Mayor Karl Dean is hoping a few Metro employees will decide to call it a career a little earlier than otherwise planned.

The mayor wants to put a voluntary retirement incentive program in place, but it first must go before the Metro Civil Service Program and the Metro Council for approval.

About 1,600 employees would be eligible for the early retirement program.

The mayor's office said the decision is not motivated by money, but rather by the desire to streamline Metro government.

"No, there's really no issue with the financial footing. I think we are on very strong footing for the foreseeable future. For Metro, this is really a case of trying to get better," said Metro law director Saul Solomon.

If approved, employees would have until Jan. 18 to take the buyout. Any employees who accept the buyout would not be eligible to work for Metro again in the future.

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