No Deal on MoCo Police Disability as Council is Poised to Vote
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and police union leaders still have not been able to negotiate a deal to overhaul the county's disability retirement program. The stalemate comes as the County Council is scheduled to take up legislation tomorrow that is designed to inject more oversight in the system.
"We've made some substantial progress," Leggett's spokesman Patrick Lacefield said this afternoon. "But there's not a deal."
Jane Milne of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 35, declined to comment on the status of the talks.
Leggett's team is scheduled to brief the council on negotiations before tomorrow's session. Council President Phil Andrews could not say for sure whether the panel would vote tomorrow, but he seems inclined to push ahead with legislation.
"We have to press forward," Andrews said. "There's real value in the council resolving this issue. It's been around for months; it's clearly a problem."
Leggett's aides and police union leaders have been meeting for six months to try to negotiate changes to the system, which has come under scrutiny by Montgomery's inspector general.
A joint council committee has narrowly endorsed a legislative fix to the system. But four of eight council members have said changes should be worked out through collective bargaining.
April 27, 2009; 3:13 PM ET
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