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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.

From Our Members: I Left My LAGERS job, Will I Still Get a Benefit?

 

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Local Government Hero Finalists Announced

We're proud of each and every one of our nominees for their accomplishments and dedication to the community and to public service. It was a challenge to pick just three finalists for the first LAGERS Local Government Hero Award.

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From Our Members - How Do I Change my Bank Deposit Information?

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Retiree Spotlight - Dixie Gunnett

Wondering what you'll do in retirement? With LAGERS lifetime benefit, you'll have the foundation to dream big and live a stable, secure retirement. And perhaps have some fun along the way! One of our retirees, Dixie Gunnett, sent us some pictures of what retirement is like for her. She's been retired from Jefferson County Sheriff's Office since September of 2014 and has been busy living out the next chapter of her life her way. Here's her story in her own words, and pictures.

Tagged Retirees, Retirement Security, Secure, secure retirement, Retirement, Retire, women in retirement

Public Service Recognition Week Reminds Us of Our Members' Dedication and Commitment

This week is Public Service Recognition Week, and what better way to celebrate than to highlight a couple of our members that work at one of our newest employers, Daniel Boone Regional Library.

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3 Reasons to Attend a Pre-Retirement Seminar, Straight from our Members

Pre-Retirement Seminar season 2019 is well underway here at LAGERS. We're traveling the state, coming to your area to educate and inform you on the process of retiring and receiving your LAGERS benefit. If you are within 5 years of retirement, we recommend you attend at least one before retirement rolls around. We asked those who attended our seminars how we did, and we came up with 3 reasons why you should attend a Pre-Retirement Seminar.

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What Kind, How - and When - To Purchase LAGERS Service

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National Lineman Appreciation Day

Whew! There's so much to celebrate in local government this week. It's Local Government Week, National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, and today is National Lineman Appreciation Day.

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Happy Local Government Week!

This week we celebrate everything that makes our local governments wonderful. From roads, school buses, clean water and parks; to our local officials and our first responders - fire, police and EMS workers and everyone in between who works hard for their local communities.

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