Fred Warner Jr.

Fred Warner Jr. has been Baker City manager since May 2016.

Baker City Manager Fred Warner Jr. hopes to retire at the end of this year — but he wants to continue doing the same job for at least another year.

This possibility exists through Oregon’s Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).

PERS allows certain public employees to retire and begin collecting their pension, but continue to work for a public agency.

“I don’t want to retire, I just want to retire from PERS and keep working as the city manager,” Warner, 65, said on Friday.

The potential benefit to the public agency — Baker City, in this case — is that after Warner retired, the city's contributions to his pension account would drop by about $6,000 from the current $33,000 (in a written report to the Council Warner stated that the savings to the city would be $33,000; he corrected that mistake when he spoke to the City Council during its meeting Tuesday).

Warner has worked as city manager since May 2016. His salary for the current fiscal year, which started July 1, is $101,959.

Warner said Friday that although he would like to stay on as city manager after he retires from PERS, he “probably won’t work for more than a year or a year and a half” beyond his PERS retirement.

Mayor Loran Joseph on Friday declined to comment on Warner’s proposal as he hadn’t spoken with Warner.

The City Council will consider that proposal when it meets Tuesday at 7 p.m. at City Hall, 1655 First St.

Warner is proposing the city rehire him, as of Jan. 1, 2020, under a new contract. His proposal does not list any suggested contract terms, such as health insurance coverage and other benefits.

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