Dimke: ‘I’m not going to retire’

From Tim Dimke
Executive Director, Rockford Park District

It is very interesting as to how (the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund) now say they got that number, $220,000. He says it is was “projected” and “approximately” and “about” in point 7 in his reply to you.

Despite the previous positive communications with our attorneys, they never asked us about that projection. They just sent it to the Register Star, and did not notify us they did. We saw that in the daily paper for the first time. We could not agree or disagree with it.

We had our attorney, Jim Pirages, call them to ask them how that was “projected,” and we said the board wants to know the real numbers prior to the board meeting on this 27th. This is all irrelevant now because I am not going to retire.

Anyway, along with sending as much information as we had, our requests for clarification from the IMRF, began on a Thursday and aFriday. Nine days later, we get a work sheet that presents $109,369.

That supposedly reflected what we sent them, the five months of my pay from Jan to May, and we said these are the numbers we have. We said, “Now show how you came up with the formation of the $220,000.” Then we got back the 109,000, which he says was “based on a new set of assumptions.” He might have made assumptions, but we sent him real numbers.

We did not “spike” anything. Just as you said in your editorial, everybody does this in their last year to claim the sick and vacation pay they are entitled to. In fact, we spread it out over five months, rather than piling it into the last month. That’s the opposite of “spiking.”

Now in only a day and a half after your article, not nine days later as before, now he replies to say it’s $177.000. First you have $220,000, then $109,000, and now $177.000. We have only sent him one set of numbers. We haven’t changed anything. His first reply was half of what I was slammed for in the daily paper. This last one climbs over half the way back up there again. That’s a spike.

This spiking could go on forever, and I’m out of this game. I’m not going to retire.

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