Retirement

Baltimore County Council attorney questions whether officials' pension deals can be revoked

Baltimore County Council attorney questions whether officials' pension deals can be revoked

As a Baltimore County Council member seeks to repeal a policy that allows the county executive and other high-ranking officials to collect lucrative pension benefits, the council’s attorney is warning that it might not be legal to take the benefits back.

Councilwoman Vicki Almond introduced a bill Monday that would overturn a 2010 law that allows several former council members — including County Executive Kevin Kamenetz — to earn two pensions and receive a lump-sum payment when they leave county employment.

The arrangement has been criticized as “double-dipping.”

But in a memo to the council chairman,...

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