CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Pension rules are forcing Cape Coral's police chief to retire, but his retirement may not last long.
Cape council is talking about changing an ordinance that would give the new police chief the option to opt in or out of the pension plan.
It's all in the name of hiring, and if the city embarks on a nationwide search and it could get more candidates.
Police Chief Jay Murphy has served the city for more than 35 years and says his DROP term has come to an end.
DROP means the Deferred Retirement Option Program. Councilman John Carioscia says if Police Chief Jay Murphy retired, then wanted to come back, that would all be up to the city manager, the one in charge of hiring a new police chief.
He says this new ordinance simply gives the city manager more options for a nationwide search where a pension wouldn't be mandatory.
"That any and all candidates who apply, without having this pension requirement. Because we believe that some candidates will not apply, and we would like to get the best of the best," said Cariocia.
A public meeting will be held on it next month, the very same month Chief Murphy retires.