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Caldwell City Councilman resigns over benefits

Posted at 10:17 AM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-01 12:17:14-05

CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) -- A former Caldwell Police Chief and newly elected City Councilman has resigned from the council in the same month as being sworn in to keep his retirement benefits.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reported that Chris Allgood wrote in his letter of resignation that if he accepted the City Council position he would lose the retirement benefits he earned while serving the police department.

His resignation is effective Friday.

Caldwell officials say Allgood received a letter dated Jan. 22 notifying him that his retirement benefits would be stopped immediately.

A spokesman for the Public Employees Retirement System of Idaho said he could not comment on Allgood's case.

According to PERSI rules, retirees may work in the private sector without it affecting their benefits, but there are restrictions for public service.