Pace Continues To Serve On Lynn Board

MARCH 2004
- PERAC Overrules Mayor - Two weeks after Lynn Mayor Edward J. Clancy, Jr. removed City
Comptroller John Pace from his membership on the Lynn Retirement Board,
the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC)
ordered that Pace must be returned to his seat on the Board.

Clancy had replaced Pace with Chief Financial Officer Richard Fortucci. The statute (Ch. 32) says that city auditor or other officer having similar powers and duties shall be an ex officio member of the board, a capacity which Pace held for the past 13 years.

But,
in a political move, Clancy and the city's attorney determined that
Fortucci's duties qualified him to be the ex officio member. When Pace
protested to PERAC, Clancy agreed that he would abide by whatever
decision was made by that agency.

PERAC
stated that the city auditor must sit on the board and noted that
Pace's comptroller duties include the city auditor functions. Mayor
Clancy went on to abide by the decision.

"I'm
elated with PERAC's decision. I'm looking forward to continue serving
as I have on the board since '91," Pace said. "I have no axe to grind
with the mayor, the issue has been resolved."

Warren
Briggs, a retired police officer, is an elected member of the Lynn
Board. "I enjoy working with John. He's a very knowledgeable,
professional person who is dedicated to his duties. I'm just glad that
things worked out okay for him," said Briggs.

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