Allgood resigns from Caldwell City Council
CALDWELL â€" Former Caldwell Police Chief and newly elected City Councilman Chris Allgood has resigned from the council in the same month that he was sworn in.
was forced to choose between his
retirement benefits earned from his
time with the police department and his
seat on the council.
bid for a City Council seat shortly after he
retirement from the Caldwell Police Department
won election to the City Council in November over candidate Magda Ruano, and he
retired as chief in December 2015.
ALLGOODâ€™S BENEFITS DENIED
Allgood received a letter dated Jan. 22 from a manager at Public Employees Retirement System of Idaho that stated his retirement benefits would be stopped immediately, according to a press release from the city of Caldwell.
The cityâ€™s Human Resources Director Monica Jones worked with a representative from the PERSI
to process retirement benefits and answer questions for Allgood
considered retirement last summer, according to the city.
Jones and Allgood relied upon the advice and instructions of the cityâ€™s PERSI representative throughout the process until Allgoodâ€™s PERSI retirement benefit application process was completed.
â€œAt no point during this transition period was Mr. Allgood or I informed that he would have to forfeit his retirement benefits once he became a city council member,â€� Jones said in a press release.
A spokesman for PERSI
couldnâ€™t specifically comment on Allgoodâ€™s case.
In this case, Allgood
, who was 52 at the time of the election, became re-employed by the city of Caldwell without the 90-day break.
retirement on Jul. 30 and his
last day was in December.
was sworn into office on Jan. 4.
A determination was made by the PERSI manager that Allgood
was not eligible to receive his
retirement benefits and hold office on the council without a 90-day break between the two positions, according to the city.
â€œThis is such an unfortunate situation,â€� Nancolas said in a statement. â€œI was looking forward to working with Chris as a member of the council.
I have complete confidence that both he
and Monica did everything in good faith and that this was unintentional.
â€œIt is just a very unfortunate situation in which he
was given inaccurate information.
Our city attorneys will be reviewing PERSIâ€™s determination in this matter and working to ensure that we are following the appropriate process and procedures going forward.
I know Chris
is taking care of his
family right now and that is most important.â€�
Cook said if the attorneys find a way to repeal PERSIâ€™s decision, Allgood
may be able to take back his seat.
If the situation can be fixed, Cook said, Allgood
would be able to run for a seat in City Council during the next election.
will work to regain his
seat in the future.
To read former Caldwell Police Chief Chris Allgood's letter of resignation, view this story on idahopress.com.