Brentwood officials failed to pass the 2016 city budget in the end of 2015. At a board of aldermen workshop meeting on the budget on Jan. 25, Alderwoman Maureen Saunders suggested that pension for elected officials be removed from the budget, saying no other comparable area city offers it. Saunders said she refused to sign up for the pension.
Update: Per comments below, aldermen Patrick Toohey and Steve Lochmoeller also do not participate in the pension program.
The 2016 budget was not on the agenda for the Feb. 1 meeting of the board of aldermen, and Saunders asked that it be put on the agenda for the next meeting.
Brentwood, Maplewood and Richmond Heights all give their elected officials a salary for serving. Brentwood is the only one with pension.
Brentwood retired officials receive a pension (per ordinance passed in 1969). The ordinance set up a “Retirement System” for “Present and Future General Employees, including all elected officials eligible for coverage…” The system excludes police and firefighters covered by the city’s “Brentwood Police and Firemen’s Retirement Pension Fund.” The amount of pension officials receive was not included in an email from city deputy clerk, Octavia Pittman.
For current officials, in Brentwood, aldermen receive $600 per month ($7,200 annually) and the mayor receives $1,200 per month ($14,400 annually).
In Maplewood, currently, council members David Cerven, Fred Wolf and Shawn Faulkingham are receiving $2,400 annually ($200 per month); council members Karen Wood, Tim Dunn and Barry Greenberg are receiving $3,500 annually ($292 per month). Mayor Jim White is receiving $4,800 annually ($400 per month). After April 2017 all council members will receive $3,500 annually and the mayor’s salary will be $6,000 annually ($500 per month), according to city clerk, Karen Scheidt.
In Richmond Heights, following the April 5 election, council members, including the mayor, will be compensated $480 per month. The mayor will receive an additional $6,000 per year, according to City Manager Amy Hamilton.