Commonwealth of Massachusetts | Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission
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Philip Y. Brown, ESQ, Chairman
Auditor Suzanne M. Bump | Kate Fitzpatrick | Elizabeth Fontaine | John B. Langan | James M. Machado | Robert B. McCarthy 

Joseph E. Connarton, Executive Director


November 12, 2015

Timothy O’Shea, Chairperson
Chicopee Retirement Board
City Hall
274 Front Street
Chicopee, MA  01013

REFERENCE: Report of the Examination of the Chicopee Retirement Board for the       three-year period from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2013.

Dear Chairperson O’Shea:

The Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission has completed a follow-up review of the finding and recommendation contained in its audit report of the Chicopee Retirement Board for the period referenced above. We conduct these visits as a regular part of the oversight process. They are designed to ensure the timely implementation of corrective action for the recommendations cited in that report. The results are as follows:

1. The Audit Report cited a finding that retirement deductions were not being withheld from stipends for coaching and running afterschool clubs.

Follow-up Result:  A review of city payroll records shows that both codes now have deductions withheld if the payee is already a member of the system. This issue is resolved.

The Commission wishes to acknowledge the effort demonstrated by the staff of the Chicopee Retirement Board to correct the finding cited in the most recent examination of the system.

Thank you for your continued cooperation in this important matter.

Sincerely,

Joseph E. Connarton
Executive Director


cc: Chicopee Retirement Board Members