Sheila McLaughlin reports:
The longtime clerk of Butler County Area Courts will retire this month to come back as a part-timer in February, allowing her to collect her pension as well as a salary.
Butler County commissioners on Monday approved the Nov. 30 retirement of Debbie Bolser. She’ll be rehired on Feb. 1. In the interim, deputy clerk Melinda Parsons will fill in for Bolser.
“There’s a savings of $36,000 a year by doing this,” Judge Rob Lyons, of Butler County Area I Court, told commissioners.
He said Bolser decided to retire now because of recent changes in public pension law. Reforms that go into effect in January raise retirement eligibility ages, set new guidelines for cost-of-living adjustments and created a new formula to calculate benefits.
Bolser, who has worked for the court for 34 years, had an annual salary of $67,535.78, according to the county auditor’s office.
Commissioner Chuck Furmon acknowledged that Bolser will be double-dipping.
“Yes. But she will be working part time so it’s a savings in that regard when she comes back,” he said. “She is really well qualified. She’s got her finger on everything that’s happening. She’s always been the go-to person.”