Saturday, July 23, 2016

Pension Board: Officer's loss of right to possess firearm is not "disabling condition."

At its January 11, 2016 meeting, the Police and Firemen's Retirement System (PFRS) considered a former Washington Township (Gloucester County) police officer's application for disability retirement benefits.  The officer had claimed that his loss of the right to possess or carry a firearm was a "disabling condition" that entitled him to disability benefits.

According to the meeting minutes, Steven Navan, who was represented before the PFRS Board by Charles Schlager, was discharged after a November 3, 2013 domestic violence incident resulted in him being prohibited from possessing or carrying a firearm.

The PFRS Board disagreed with Navan and denied his application.