SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Calexico City Attorney Jennifer Lyon provided professional service and only worked up to 40 hours a month for the city.
This means she didn’t qualify to get the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, CalPERS.
“She either knew or should’ve known that she was not eligible to be in the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and she has been on there since 2007,” Calexico City Manager Richard Warne said.
Warne said the council at the time approved her getting CalPers.
She originally signed on in 2005 as city attorney and then another amendment was signed in 2007.
“The second amendment which was signed in December of 2007 stated that she would be a full time employee and that the city would apply for her entrance into the California Public Employees’ Retirement System as a full-time employee. She clearly wasn’t,” Warne said.
Warne is suggesting Lyon resign.
Lyon also does work for other entities in San Diego.
We made attempts to contact Lyon. She works at a La Mesa law firm. She wasn’t available.
“I had it independently evaluated by another law firm and they came to the same conclusion that I came to and our finance director John Quinn came to that she was not eligible,” Warne said.
CalPERS will refund the city more than $50,000 that was given to Lyon since 2007.
“I think it’s time for a change. I think it’s time for the city attorney to resign or the city council to fire her,” Warne said.