Ishpeming City Police Chief Jim Bjorne.

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News Ishpeming City Police Chief Jim Bjorne is questioning the Ishpeming City Council about his denied request for transfer of service years for retirement and his pending termination.  

Bjorne requested the combination of 4 years of service in the County Sheriff’s Office with his 22 years of service in Ishpeming into the city’s retirement system to allow him to retire with a full pension. That request was denied in March by the City Council.

Bjorne, who is currently working limited daily hours due to a spinal condition, has filed a complaint against the city with the Michigan Civil Rights Commission claiming discrimination because of his disability.  He also says he has heard of plans by the City Council to terminate him, possibly by the end of the month if he does not return to full-time duty.

Bjorne joined Sunny 101.9 WKQS fm’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today for an exclusive interview to explain his position and how he hopes the matter will resolve.

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