PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Longtime Philadelphia city councilman Frank DiCicco says his decision not to seek re-election was prompted by ongoing criticism about his enrollment in the “DROP” pension program.
DiCicco won’t seek a fifth term as the councilman for the 1st District, which encompasses parts of South Philadelphia, center city, Old City, and Northern Liberties.
He says criticism of his enrollment in the Deferred Retirement Option Plan (“DROP”) — under which he’d have had to retire for a day before a return to office — was the crucial issue.
“I didn’t want to be remembered as someone was in the DROP program, didn’t retire, and have people think that I didn’t live up to my word. When I signed that document three years ago I gave my word, couldn’t get out of it. I stand by my word,” DiCicco told KYW Newsradio this morning.
DiCicco says he’ll support Mark Squilla to succeed him. Others seeking the 1st District seat include Vern Anastasio, Joe Grace, and Jeff Horstein.
Five other Councilmembers are enrolled in DROP. Three of them — Anna Verna, Donna Miller, and Jack Kelly — are also retiring after their terms expire. Two — Marian Tasco and Frank Rizzo — plan to run again.
Reported by Mike Dunn, KYW Newsradio 1060.