Some people start a new life of sorts after they retire. Most public servants who have served their communities for years move on to other endeavors that allow them to continue to serve the public a different way while still retaining the joie de vivre of the retired life. That’s the case with LAGERS Retiree Robert Gomer, who enjoyed over 25 years working for Mid-Continent Public Library in the Kansas City area. I had the pleasure of interviewing him for this Retiree Spotlight.
Update: When this article was originally published Spike's name was listed incorrectly in parts of the post. This has been corrected, and the updated article is below. LAGERS apologizes for this error.
As former active members, many of you worked in positions that made our communities safer, cleaner and stronger. These roles were vital to ensure we have vibrant communities. Spike Huff was no different than many of you. He began his career as a road deputy sheriff for Franklin County and eventually transitioned into being a civil deputy and a bailiff in the county court house.
However, Spike’s second (or possible first) passion in life is music. Here’s what he had to say about his passion for music:
Whether it’s your first day on the job, or you’re a seasoned local government pro, you may feel a little overwhelmed when it comes to understanding your LAGERS benefit. While there a many facets to how your benefit works, here are five simple themes every LAGERS member should know.
1. Your Hard Work Pays Off
LAGERS benefit calculation is pretty simple: work longer, earn more income in retirement. That’s easy enough, but because you accrue service, and not an account balance, it can sometimes be difficult to visualize the true value of your LAGERS benefit. LAGERS offers many different tools to help you estimate your future benefit, but know that each month you work, your future financial security grows - and that future monthly income will add up over a lifetime!
From the Info Box: "I'm currently retired but considering returning to work. What will happen to my LAGERS benefit if I do that?"