- Will Rule On Pension Appeals - Retired Judge Paul Menton, who once chaired the Public Employee
Retirement Administration Commission (PERAC), has been appointed to the
state agency which rules on all pension disputes.Menton
was recently appointed, by Acting Governor Jane Swift, to the long
vacant position on the Contributory Retirement Appeals Board (CRAB).
The state's pension officials had called on Swift for over a year to
fill the position.
As one of three Board
members, Menton will be responsible for ruling on hundreds of
retirement appeals that are filed with CRAB each year. The cases range
from disputes over retirement calculations to disabilities.
other two members of CRAB are Joseph Martin, who is a deputy director
with the Public Employee Retirement Administration Commission, and
Assistant Attorney General Anthony Penski, who serves as chairman.
CRAB appointment is yet another role that Menton has taken on in his
long career in public service. The former district court judge was an
FBI agent, state representative and counsel to the House of
Representatives, before being appointed to the bench by former Governor
Menton was chosen
in 1996 to be the chairman of the newly formed PERAC, which is the
state agency responsible for regulating the state's pension law. To
become chairman, Menton was chosen by the other six PERAC
Commissioners, who are, themselves, appointed by the governor and
Although Menton resigned
after about a year as chairman, he did play a key role in the early
formation of the agency. This included looking outside of Massachusetts
to bring in former Executive Director Bob Stalnaker from Alaska.
Stalnaker resigned in 1999, due to personal reasons. Joe Connarton is
the current executive director.