Brian Kelly

ST. LOUIS (KMOX)-Mayor Slay’s plan for giving the city complete control over the St. Louis firefighters’ pension system is a step closer to gaining Aldermanic approval.

The plan moved to the full board Friday morning, after the public safety committee gave an amended version its blessing by a 9-2 vote.

City Operations Director Sam Dodson tells KMOX the bill was changed, so the city would not take control until there’s an agreement on what the new system will look like, “The committee said yes, we believe there should be local control. We want to be thoughtful about it. We want to be sure there’s a plan in place.”

Molitor calls the vote a step in the right direction, “It shows that the legislation Mayor Slay put forward actually has traction.”

Firefighters’ Union Local 73 President Chris Molitor says the union has negotiated the savings the city seeks under the current system, and won’t give up state oversight, “We will not go into an agreement with something that we believe is illegal.”

The firefighters’ competing pension system reform plan gets a hearing at the state legislature next week.



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