Springfield Mayor Mike Houston says he expects the police pension board will try to recover an estimated $16,000 in overpayments to a dozen officers over the past year and a half. But Houston says any firefighters who may have gotten a similar pension overpayment could well be off the hook.
The difference is that the police board was ordered by the State Department of Insurance to stop a disputed method of pension calculation in February 2012, but continued to do so while it appealed the ruling. In contrast, no such order was given to the fire pension board. In fact, that board requested a hearing with the state on the issue, but no hearing was held. Houston thinks that should keep anyone from trying to recover monies paid to those firefighters.
The police pension board has refused to comment on what its next moves might be, because of the ongoing appeal of the state decision.