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My wife thinks I’m crazy. She can’t understand why anyone would volunteer to be subjected to the rants of a city attorney who has not only threatened to sue SDCERS board members, but also threatened to put them in jail – and it’s all for no pay!

I think the “no pay” thing is a big issue with my wife. As a matter of fact, I know it is.

I remember during the 12 years I spent assigned to our police department’s SWAT team, I would frequently get paged in the middle of the night for callouts. I’ll always remember my dear wife rolling over in bed, with her eyes still closed, asking,”It’s for overtime, right?” After I assured her it was, she’d always respond, “OK, have fun.”

One of these days I’ll have to tell her what actually happened on those callouts.

Anyway, in all seriousness, I guess the best answer as to why anyone would want to volunteer to be a trustee on the city’s retirement board during what is probably the most politically contentious period in San Diego’s history, is because it’s important.

No one should underestimate how important the decisions that will be made over the next two years will be. They will not only affect the lives of thousands of current and future city employees, but also hundreds of thousands of San Diego taxpayers who will be asked to pay the bill.

The gravity of the responsibility is not lost on me, and thankfully, it’s not lost on my other fellow board member volunteers.

MARK SULLIVAN

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