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Jacksonville City Council Committee To Subpoena Pension Fund Execs

Jacksonville City Hall, St. James Building
Ray Hollister

The Jacksonville City Council Finance Committee says it will subpoena Police and Fire Pension Fund executives for documents as part of an audit.

Committee Chairman Bill Gulliford says the independent auditor is being stonewalled when asking for information accessible only by former pension fund administrator John Keane.

“He said that he had instances where he got that response back — no documents or whatever,” Gulliford said, “and yet he had physical emails or letters from another source that indicated those documents were available. Now, which is it? Who’s fibbing?”

Keane has been at the center of a firestorm over how the Police and Fire Pension fund pays benefits to outgoing senior executives. The finance committee has been investigating the legality of Keane’s retirement plan.

A subpoena is expected to be issued within the next few weeks.

Ryan Benk is a former WJCT News reporter who joined the station in 2015 after working as a news researcher and reporter for NPR affiliate WFSU in Tallahassee.