MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Tonight, Macon leaders heard new updates on the plan to transition 142 city employees to Bibb County.
Since the city signed the service delivery strategy to transfers the employees, there's been a lot of concern about what's going to happen to the employee benefits and pension fund. The county initially talked about treating them as new hires. Now, the employees will go through a six month probation period in the county. Once that's over, they will be treated based on their years of service for the city of Macon.
Council members, Lonnie Miley and Henry Gibson, opposed putting the employees through the probation period. Others, like Elaine Lucas, were happy to hear county leaders are taking council's concerns into consideration.
"We're trying to address these issues one by one. We're probably never going to address them to the satisfaction of 100% the people, but we are certainly going a long way to address the major concerns of the majority of the people," says Macon Mayor Robert Reichert.
Laura Mathis, with the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, is working with both the city and county on this plan. She says for the past two months they've been evaluating the financial impacts on both governments and the employees. Resolving the pension issue is a top priority for everyone.
Mathis also said tonight, as the employees make the transition they will have both city and county human resource directors to guide them through the process.