Peoria fire chief leaves over pension issues

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Peoria Fire Chief Thomas Solberg's resignation is effective Nov. 10. By Jennifer Thomas Peoria Fire Chief Thomas Solberg's resignation is effective Nov. 10. By Jennifer Thomas

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Peoria's fire chief has resigned over a decision by the Arizona State Retirement System to revoke the chief's pension plan after 14 months of contribution.

Peoria Fire Chief Thomas Solberg's resignation is effective Nov. 10.

According to the city news release, the state retirement agency said Solberg belonged in a separate state retirement system for public-safety employees. Recent Arizona state legislation required him to join the public-safety employees system, which is not what Solberg wanted to do.

Solberg says he was looking forward to a long career and ultimately retiring as the fire chief for Peoria.

Peoria City Manager Carl Swenson called Solberg's departure "unfortunate."

Assistant Fire Chief Stacy Irvine will be acting as the interim fire chief while the city recruits a new leader.