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Jacksonville Mayor Signs Into Law Landmark Legislation

Ryan Benk

After it passed the Jacksonville City Council unanimously, Mayor Lenny Curry signed into law Tuesday the biggest policy priority of his administration: pension reform.

Fourteen pension-related bills needed the mayor’s signature and he was surrounded by council members, firefighter and police union heads and a mix of community leaders as he signed them.

Now with the landmark legislation behind him, Curry said he’s looking forward to moving on to other issues, like infrastructure and public safety.

“I’m going to continue to focus on those priorities,” he said. “We will now have more wherewithal to actually invest in the things that are consistent with what those priorities are.”

The mayor also pushed back against rumors that after his legacy-cementing accomplishment, he’s eyeing higher office in Tallahassee.

“I am mayor of Jacksonville, Florida, and I have had no conversations with anyone about being Chief Financial Officer so let the media do their thing,” he said.

Curry said he isn’t interested in replacing outgoing Florida CFO Jeff Atwater, who announced he’d step down after the legislative session ends early next month.

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Reporter Ryan Benk can be reached at, 904-358-6319 or on Twitter @RyanMichaelBenk.

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.