Without much fanfare, a Perrysburg policy to rehire retirees took effect this week.
Once a non-union city employee retires, the city can wait 60 days and then rehire to bring him or her back.
The veteran retiree will get paid the position’s lowest pay grade and loses seniority for accruing vacation time and sick time but can also draw a pension at the same time receiving a city salary.
Perrysburg City Council did not vote on the administrative policy for it to be implemented. It was an administrative decision.
But anytime a retiree asks to get rehired, the council must approve it, Mayor Nelson Evans said.
Mayor Evans said he did not believe many city employees would want to get rehired since they would lose most of their vacation time and seniority. It also only applies to a handful of non-union employees, such as department leaders and the city administrator. It’s unclear whether the police and fire division employees will be included in the policy, he said.
“The union has been notified,” said Mayor Evans, a proponent for the new policy because he had said it will save the city taxpayer dollars by rehiring an experienced worker at a lower cost. “They’re discussing it.”