Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera has said he’d like to keep working past retirement age and wants to help others like him who’d prefer to stay on the job after they turn 65.
But the majority of the city’s police officers, sheriff’s deputies and firefighters think the mandatory retirement age for their departments should stay at 65, according to results of a recent city survey.
The city emailed the questions to roughly 1,700 public safety employees last month after some council members expressed support for boosting the retirement age, in part because Cervera will turn 65 in April.
Cervera has been with the department for more than 40 years. He was appointed chief in 2010.
Nearly 1,000 employees responded to the survey.