Retirement Dispute

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A judge has ruled in favor of the Retirement Systems of Alabama in denying 14-thousand dollars in extra retirement benefits annually to a former investigator for Coffee and Pike counties whose pay nearly doubled to 152-thousand dollars for one year.

51-year-old Bruce DeVane of Enterprise filed suit in 2003, claiming he was owed the extra benefits because of a 70-thousand dollar addition to his salary in 2000 for producing a manual for the district attorney's office.

But RSA's attorneys argued that by law any compensation considered extraordinary is not subject to retirement deductions.

Montgomery Circuit Judge Eugene Reese ruled that the court may not substitute its judgment for an administrative agency, in this case R-S-A, unless its decision was arbitrary or in violation of the law.

Its unclear if DeVane's attorney will appeal the ruling.