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File #: 2019-003   
Title: Public Employee Pension Reform Act 180-Day Waiting Period Waiver Request - Police Department
Attachments: 1. Att 1 - Proposed Resolution
TO: City Council

FROM: Drew Corbett, City Manager

PREPARED BY: Police Department

MEETING DATE: Monday, January 07, 2019

SUBJECT:
TITLE
Public Employee Pension Reform Act 180-Day Waiting Period Waiver Request - Police Department

LABEL
RECOMMENDATION
RECOMMENDATION
Adopt a Resolution to waive the Public Employee Pension Reform Act 180-day waiting period to hire retired annuitant David Johnson for a critically needed position.

BODY
BACKGROUND
Assembly Bill 340, the Public Employee Pension Reform Act of 2013 also known as PEPRA, was signed into law on September 12, 2012 and went into effect on January 1, 2013. PEPRA created Government Code Section 7522.56, which requires public agency retirees to wait 180 days after retirement before returning to work for a public agency. This waiting period can be waived should the City Council determine it is critical to fill the specific position. Therefore, this request is before Council for approval at this time.

Police Officer David Johnson retired September 22, 2018. For many years, including the time leading up to his retirement, Officer Johnson served as the foot-beat officer patrolling Downtown San Mateo. Recently the Downtown and other areas of the City have seen a notable increase in homeless and other subjects that require mental health services. To address this most expediently, there is a need to connect with these individuals and families, understand the existing paradigm of service providers, and have well-established connections amongst internal City stakeholders, as well as external government and non-government agencies and service providers. Officer Johnson's history, experience, relationships, and knowledge make him uniquely positioned to address these issues in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

It is anticipated that Mr. Johnson would be required to return to work on a temporary and sporadic basis to provide our community and officers with a trained and connected resource ...

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