ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Albuquerque's Mayor is announcing a big shakeup at city hall,after a News 13 Larry Barker Investigation
Larry's report showed how some government workers are fakingretirements to collect both a paycheck and a pension at the sametime.
On Sunday afternoon, Mayor Martin Chavez held a news conferenceand announced strong and immediate action.
Chavez said the people, who are retired while still working,will have to choose one or the other.
"I've spoken with Ed Adams, the Chief Administrative Officer,and I've spoken with Bob White, the City Attorney, to make sure Ihave the authority—they believe I do—if not Ed Adamswill exercise that authority; they are being given the option toimmediately come out of retirement or be separated from municipalgovernment," Chavez said.
One of the examples chronicled in Larry's last investigation wasthe case of Vicki de Herra.
She retired one day, but was back at her desk a day later on thepayroll of a temp agency.
De Herra had the same job and the same salary, but after her"retirement;" she was collecting a paycheck and a pension at thesame time.
Many of the cases documented in the investigation involved othergovernment agencies, but the steps taken by Chavez will only affectworkers on the city's payroll.
The New Mexico Legislature is now working on a bill that wouldend fake retirements statewide.
Among other things, the measure would require a one year waitingperiod before a retired government employee could take anothergovernment job.
That bill now goes to the state Senate.
On Friday, Gov. Bill Richardson said it's time for a change, andhe said he will sign the bill if the legislature sends it tohim.
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