CRAWFORD COUNTY, KS.--- Crawford County Commissioners would like to see county workers retire at 62-years-old or when they've earned 85 points, that's their age plus the years they've worked for the county.
"Two years ago, we did an early retirement plan and we had seven employees that took it. There were some positions that were not filled, so it became good costs saving," says Linda Grilz, County Commissioner.
Grilz says the county is also looking out for the workers with this plan.
"Often time, people who get closer to retirement age, maybe their enthusiasm isn't quite the same whether it's a physically demanding job or mentally demanding job," says Grilz.
She believes the new retirement plan would be a win win situation.
"A benefit for our employees and cost savings for the county," says Grilz.
Crawford County Appraiser, Michael Montgomery says an early retirement plan could be beneficial for his department. For example, when an early retirement opens up a new position.
"It may allow us to promote someone within the office and then bring in someone to replace they're position at an entry level position," says Montgomery.
Under the proposed plan, county departments would be able to fill the vacancies but with one requirement.
"In terms of replacement, we'd like to see that we could open up some new positions, some entry level positions where what we spend for salaries and benefits won't be quite as much," says Montgomery.
Montgomery says three people in his department that would be eligible for early retirement. Of course, the cost savings comes at a price.
"We'll probably lose quite a bit of knowledge and experience there, but you can't get away from that because it's going to happen," says Montgomery.
If the plan is passed, those who choose to retire will receive health benefits until they turn 65. If commissioners approve it, the change will take effect on January 1st, 2013 and last all year. It could affect up to 24 employees.