Author Archives: Angela Lechtenberg, APR

LAGERS on the Front Lines

We all know things are different right now, for all of us. Terms like uncertain times and new normal are overused so much they're beyond cliche.

Things are different for many of us at work as well, and that includes LAGERS members. Take a look at what some of them have been doing during this difficult time (another cliche, but true none the less) to keep our communities running smoothly and safely.

Tagged Employers, Members, COVID-19, coronavirus

Local Love Spread Throughout Missouri

Throughout the month of July, LAGERS retirees from across the state showcased their local love by telling us about some of their favorite local business! The response was great! We received some wonderful pictures and stories about some of our retirees' favorite shops and products. Three winners were chosen at random to receive a prize basket full of Missouri made goodies.

LAGERS pays out over $300 million dollars every year to retirees living in Missouri, and those dollars go straight back into your local economy!

Tagged Economic Impact, retiree

System Data Security with LAGERS' Director of Technology Jamie Houk

security

There are many posts throughout this blog that use the word security in different ways:

Financial Security

A Secure Benefit.

Data Security

See what I mean? There are many more...

The security of the benefit our members have earned over a career in public service is of the highest importance to us, and we strive to maintain not only excellence but to be the absolute best at protecting your data and your benefit. Today we're talking data security. Every year LAGERS participates in an external security assessment, and for the 6th year straight we've come out on top with a perfect 4/4 rating. Our director of technology Jamie Houk explains how we stay on top of our game and maintain the highest standards in the Data Security space.

Tagged cyber security, Security, data security, information technology

BBPD - Just in Case - Disability and Survivor Benefits

It's summer, and a lot of our members are out taking advantage of the nice weather getting things done in our streets, parks and other places in our community. Working out in the field brings with it a different set of risks for local government employees. A little known fact about LAGERS - we have survivor and disability benefits available to you as a LAGERS member!

Tagged Members

Attention Retirees - 2019 1099-R Tax Forms available

Your 2019 1099 is now available through myLAGERS.

Log on and download yours today!

Go To myLAGERS

 

Instructions for download:

To access your documents, log on to your myLAGERS account

Firefox web browser preferred. Download is not available with Safari web browser.

Click the 1099-R Tab on the left hand navigation bar.

If you received a Partial Lump Sum  (PLUS) distribution in 2019, you will have a separate 1099-R for that distribution. 

A hard copy of your 1099-R will be mailed by January 31. Please remember to allow time for normal U.S. Postal Service delivery.

If you have  questions or need assistance logging on to your myLAGERS account, please call our office at 1-800-447-4334.  During periods of high call volume, if your call is not answered immediately, please leave a message and your call will be returned promptly.

You may need Adobe Reader in order to download and view your 1099-R. Download Adobe Reader here.

Don't forget to visit our website for more information on the taxation of your LAGERS benefits as well as an explanation of what each box on your 1099-R means. Click here to visit our taxes page now!

Changing Your Tax Withholding

You may be choosing to have LAGERS withhold taxes from your monthly benefit. However, you have the flexibility to change these withholdings as your tax situation changes throughout retirement.

You can change your tax withholdings through your myLAGERS account or you can complete a new tax withholding form online through the LAGERS website and send it back to the LAGERS office.


Retiree Link Meetings 2020

Make sure to sign up to attend one of our 2020 Retiree Link meetings. Have a light breakfast and get an update on the system; then hear about some interesting topics from our guest speakers!
Access the schedule here.
We'll also send you a postcard about the meeting in your area.

Tagged 1099, taxes

LAGERS Most Popular Blogs of 2019

Wasabi, the 18-month-old Pekingese who won the 2019 American Kennel Club National Championship knows what it takes to be the best. And while LAGERS defines success a bit differently than the AKC, we do have a "Best in Show" of our own.

The Economic Impact of your Retirement System

LAGERS' most recent economic impact numbers are in, and it looks to be another successful year of providing stable economic foundations for our members, retirees and the communities in which they live. Here are just a few quick stats:

Tagged Economic Impact

Annual Meeting 2019 - Educating, Informing and Honoring LAGERS Members and Employers

This year's Annual Meeting was by all counts a success. We met with many members and employer representatives and talk secure retirement benefits and the importance of having a pension. We got to showcase our wonderful hard working public servants by rolling out our first Local Government Hero Award. Congratulations to Brent Mullin, Sikeston Department of Public Safety, for being this year's winner. Brent works with Sikeston's Bulldog Pantry which provides clothing, supplies and food to kids in the community. Congrats to all our nominees this year, and we look to honoring many more LAGERS members with this accolade for many years to come!

Tagged Annual Meeting, local government hero award

LAGERS' Diane Towne retires - "the Right Place at the Right Time"

Diane, our pension expert benefits officer at LAGERS, retired last week after over 40 years in the pension industry. I was able to ask her a few questions about her career in the industry and how working to serve to local government employees of Missouri made a difference in her life.

Tagged LAGERS, Retirement

Retiree Spotlight - Melvin Bockelman

Melvin Bockelman was recently celebrated by the Kansas City Police Department. Last year in September, the KCPD honored 50 years of innovation of the computer system that would become the lifeblood of the department. The designer of that system 50 years ago was Mr. Bockelman. The computer system implemented in Kansas City was revolutionary at the time, and is considered one the United States' most advanced computer-based information systems.

Mr. Bockelman was the manager of the computer systems division under the leadership of Chief Clarence Kelly of KCPD. Together, these two pioneers developed the system to make Kansas City a safer place for its citizens and the officers in the field. After he retired Mr. Bockelman went to work for LAGERS employer Lafayette County, where he implemented a similar system there.

The system was called Alert 1, short for Automated Law Enforcement Response Team 1. A former member of the Air Force as a computer systems manager, Mr. Bockelman used his skills in this emerging field to create this “thinking machine” to perform crime rate analysis and crime record searching at the same time. People came from all over the country to see the new computer and learn from the department about this new technology. Mr. Bockelman also traveled the world sharing the story of ALERT 1 to other departments.

After retiring, Mr. Bockelman didn’t stop sharing his expertise. He went on to work for Lafayette County Courthouse, implementing a computer system for them.

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