FOP says lawsuit filed by retired Wicomico Co. deputies settled
WICOMICO CO., Md. – A lawsuit involving two retired Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputies and their pension payments has been settled, according to the Fraternal Order of Police.
Two deputies, who retired in 2020 and 2021 respectively, filed suit against the county last year, claiming their disability pension payments were being reduced each month because of a workman’s compensation settlement they received before they retired. They say the county refused to reserve deductions from their monthly pension payments.
On November 10th, a Wicomico County Circuit Court judge ruled in favor of the retired deputies, ordering the county to repay money wrongly collected.
47 ABC spoke with Wicomico County Executive Julie Giordano about the settlement. She says they are happy to put this settlement behind them and that she feels it was the right decision to settle, rather than appeal. She adds that the appeal will be withdrawn once the settlement is signed and closed out.
Giordano also said she wants to show that the County Administration stands with local law enforcement, and that they are making adjustments to ensure that everything is in line with local law enforcement’s needs.
Direct and clear communication between the Fraternal Order of Police is essential in our collective bargaining agreement process, she says.
We’re told the next FOP agreement will start in about a year and a half, with negotiations for that starting in about six months.