Former Philadelphia worker who got pension payout may get hired as city consultant

    A former Philadelphia worker who got a big payout from the city’s early retirement program could be offered a consulting position.

    A former Philadelphia worker who got a big payout from the city’s early retirement program could be offered a consulting position.

    Charles McPherson officially retired from city service just about a year ago with a payment of over a half million dollars. He never truly left City Hall, and has been acting as a volunteer ever since. Council President Anna Verna says she could be hiring him as a consultant on the budget process.

    “He has institutional knowledge that noone around here has. He’s been a great great help to us regarding our budgets and to lose him it would really be a sad, sad day.”

    McPherson isn’t talking, but says once it’s officially been a year he will weigh in on the subject. The reaction of other members of city council are mixed. Some say McPherson is needed because he knows the budget process, while others are saying he should have trained his replacement when he entered the early retirement program.

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