FORT SMITH (Arkansas News Bureau) — Franklin County Judge Joe Powell, just re-elected in
November, hopes to finish his two-year term in office as an appointee
even after he complies with a requirement to retire next month.
the state's Deferred Option Retirement Plan, eligible state employees
may collect pension benefits in an interest-bearing account while
continuing to work, but the program has time limits. For enrollees
within the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System, DROP
participation is limited to seven years, at the end of which they must
Powell, who has served as county judge since January 1977
and was re-elected in November to serve through 2014, enrolled in DROP
in 2006 when he became eligible based on 28 years of public service. He
must retire by March 1.
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