No Conspiracy To Convince Miami Officer To Resign

Melanie Ortiz was a Miami police detective. In December 2016, the FBI ar­rested several City employees, including one police officer and two police aides, for participating in an unlawful bribery scheme from 2013 through 2014. The City suspended three police officers in relation to the alleged bribery scheme. Ortiz was not one of the officers who were arrested nor was she relieved of her duties at any time. However,…

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Firefighters Entitled To Terminal Pay On Resignation, Not Just Retirement

The retirement benefits for Waterbury firefighters in Connecticut are controlled by a combination of the collective bargaining agreement and City ordinances. One ordinance provides that participants in the pension and retirement system become vested in their benefits under the system after 10 years of service. The collective bargaining agreement provides that “upon the retirement of any employee who was actively employed as of June 30, 2004, such employee shall…

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