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10/16/2013 1:15:00 AM
PC public defender wants to be added to IMRF

Shannon Crawley-Serpette
Staff Writer


HENNEPIN – Putnam County public defender Roger Bolin asked the Putnam County Board on Tuesday to add him to Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund.

Bolin said, as an employee of the county who works more than 1,000 hours a year, he is eligible for IMRF.

Adding Bolin to IMRF would cost the county approximately $424 a month, he said. Bolin would also be required to pay some.

Board chairman Duane Calbow asked Bolin if serving as public defender takes up at least half of a 40-hour workweek throughout the year.

Bolin said he hasn't worked only 40 hours a week in 30 years. He said he easily reaches 1,000 hours a year solely in his public defender role.

“Do you have timesheets to prove you've met these requirements?” board member Chauntelle Biagi-Bruer asked.

“No,” Bolin responded, but added that providing the board with documentation from this point on would be easy to do.

Bolin told the board that once he is enrolled he would be eligible to buy back time – that would not cost the county any additional expense. That money would be paid only by him, Bolin said.

Bolin has served as public defender since December 1990.

The board tabled the matter until the next regular board meeting on Nov. 12.

In other news:

-        Christina Mennie was appointed to the Putnam County Board of Health.

-        The board approved a mileage rate increase for employees who are performing county services, if the mileage isn't otherwise dictated by a contract. The board raised the rate from 37 cents a mile to 50 cents a mile.

-        The board set a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 at the courthouse. The sole purpose of the meeting is to appoint Pat Sloan as the county engineer. Sloan has already been appointed by Marshall County since the two counties share the services of an engineer.

 Shannon Crawley-Serpette may be reached at (309)364-2268 or

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