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September 23, 2014, 5:22 am
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Who Knew What When: Finger Pointing In Police Spiking Findings


A Springfield alderman is pointing a finger directly at the city treasurer and the mayor for failing to alert aldermen and the public about a potentially-costly pension snafu.

 

Ward 7’s Joe McMenamin, appearing live on 970 WMAY’s “Bishop On Air,” says he believes Treasurer Jim Langfelder knew about the possible overpayment of police pensions nearly a year-and-a-half ago… but did not notify aldermen.

 

McMenamin says that information could have affected negotiations over the police contract approved late last year.

 

McMenamin says, outside of Mayor Mike Houston’s office, Langfelder had the ability and obligation to let people know about the looming problem. Treasurer Langfelder confirms he was notified by the police pension board in early 2012.  He then informed Mayor Houston of the ruling.

 

Aldermen McMenamin says the treasurer should have notified aldermen before ratification of the Police Union Contract in December of 2012.

 

Langfelder says it is up to the Mayor to notify aldermen about union negotiations.

 

Houston was not immediately available for comment.

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