When the Commonwealth assumed responsibility for the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department several years ago it took $110 million in assets, but left behind the $3 million liability of retiree pensions.
The County sued the state in Superior Court, but did not pursue the case because of a lack of audits since 2005. With a court hearing set Monday, the new county commissioners asked the retirement board to drop the suit.
Three of the board’s members met Wednesday morning, one remotely, and in executive session voted to rescind the decision to sue the Commonwealth. Instead, the board will seek a negotiated settlement in the state legislature. Plymouth County Retirement Board Chairman, and County Treasurer, Tom O’Brien is a former state legislator. He did not participate in Wednesday’s vote.