WABASH TOWNSHIP, Ind. (WLFI) - The Wabash Township Board passed resolutions on Tuesday supporting a retirement and benefits plan for the three paid fire department employees.
As we previously reported, the 1977 Retirement Fund is similar to 401(k) and 403(b) retirement plans.
In an email chain anonymously shared with News 18, Trustee Jennifer Teising tells Board President Angel Valentin that she is terminating the full time positions due to a lack of public interest in a fire district.
Her full email response said, "It appears the board has not understood the timeline provided by me early in the year. I’m terminating the full time positions due to a lack of public interest in a FPD. How sad for the firefighters that we didn’t do this in January, it would have been a great benefit to them searching for new employment."
Valentin told News 18 that the first he had heard of the 1977 Plan from Trustee Teising was on February 8th. He also said she told him there was not room in the budget for this retirement plan. However, he told News 18 that they did have money budgeted for this in the most recent fire loan.
We have reached out to Teising for comment but have not heard back yet. This story will be updated if she responds.