Councilman Middlebrooks quits county pension fund

September 16, 1993

County Councilman Edward Middlebrooks withdrew yesterday from the county's troubled pension fund for elected and appointed officials, saying the move was "the right thing to do."

Mr. Middlebrooks is not yet vested in the pension system, having served fewer than three years in office.

Five years of service are required to become vested.

The Severn Democrat submitted a letter today to the county asking to be removed from the pension fund. He said he expects that he will receive whatever he put into the fund.

The pension plan has come under fire in recent months after an actuarial audit revealed it had only half the assets needed to cover the liabilities it had accrued.

Council legislation in 1989 that increased benefits and lowered the retirement age from 60 to 50 is blamed for draining the fund.

"I can tell you, a lot of citizens out there are rightfully angry at this pension system," said Mr. Middlebrooks, who also has a full-time law practice.

VTC "This is a part-time job," he said. "I look on it as public service. I never got into this office for retirement."

Mr. Middlebrooks is the first council member to resign from the pension fund.

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