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July 17, 2012
Pension talks resume between Sacramento cops, city officials

Nearly three weeks after more than a dozen city cops were laid off, talks have resumed between the police union and city officials over pension concessions that would restore those positions.

Dustin Smith, the acting president of the Sacramento Police Officers Association, told me today that his organization and the city are "trying to see if there is any type of resolution that would fulfill both sides' needs."

City officials want police officers to pay the entirety of their employee pension contributions. The city picks up the tab for both the employee and employer shares of police retirements.

After no pension deal was reached, 16 officers were laid off at the start of the fiscal year that began this month.

"Both the SPOA and the city have a shared interest in finding a solution to the police department's budget shortfall," Smith said.

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Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

Contact reporter Ryan Lillis at rlillis@sacbee.com

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