Safety pension system board fires administrator

PHOENIX - The administrator of Arizona's pension system for police officers and other public-safety responders has been fired.

The Arizona Capitol Times reports that the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System board on Friday voted unanimously to put system administrator Jim Hacking on administrative leave.

Pension system Chairman Brian Tobin has until July 21 to reach a settlement officially ending Hacking's employment.

Hacking told The Arizona Republic on Tuesday that he gave salary bumps for five employees without getting approval from the Department of Administration, a violation of state law.

Tobin on Wednesday announced that the pension was halting any illegal pay raises of up to 27 percent for those employees.

The raises were awarded late last year.

The Department of Administration is continuing to investigate the matter.

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