Commissioner questions pension policies - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Commissioner questions pension policies

Walter Crews spent more than thirty years working for the Memphis Police Department, working his way up ladder to become police director in July 2000.

He retired, and then took a job as the head of Crimestoppers. His pension according, to the Human Resources division, is $83,000 per year.

Crews started a new job with Shelby County Monday, as the new Deputy Director of Corrections at the Penal farm.

The new job makes Crews, who is 63 years old, eligible for a county pension after 7 and a half years on the job. His county pension would be paid in addition to his city pension.

Crews told Action News 5 he didn't even know how long he had to work to get the pension. He thought it was ten years.

"For me personally, I never gave it a second thought," he said.

Crews said he probably won't work the whole 7 and a half years. County commissioner John Willingham said Wednesday he has a problem with double dipping in the pension pot.

"It seems like the people who built these rules and regulations built them for themselves," Willingham said. "I think they should be revisited."

Crews isn't the only person who has jumped from one pension to the possibility of another. Former Memphis police director James Bolden has a city pension and could get one from the county as director of Homeland Security. Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton has a pension from the city school system, and will get one from his job as mayor.

Walter Crews makes just over 90-thousand dollars a year in his new job as deputy director of the penal farm. Waverly Seward, head of the county's retirement division, told Action News Five that even at that salary, Crews would get only a small pension if he stayed the 7 and a half years to collect.

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