I have been rocking along and waiting for retirement so that we can get on the road, but that might have changed today. News received today at work may cause our wait to be for four more years instead of just two.
Jo and I both work for the state of Oklahoma in a law enforcement agency. She is an IT professional and a branch manager in our agency’s department. As such, she is the one called upon to be “the boss” when the IT division director has to be out of town or is on vacation.
With the state of Oklahoma wanting to consolidate all the IT departments in the state, there is a lot of flux at the moment. At first, Jo was uncertain as to whether she would even still have a job after this process of consolidating began to happen.
As a part of that consolidation plan, the Chief Information Officer (CIO) has set up five “departments” within the state IT agency, one of which is over all the law enforcement agencies’ and, I think, the state court system’s IT departments. Jo’s boss, our agency’s IT division director has applied for and apparently been offered the position over that “department.”
When they recently had a discussion of the future of the consolidation, she had mentioned that she would like to take early retirement in two years if the consolidation looked to be a problem for her. Her boss asked her if she would stay for four years IF he got the position of the head of the law enforcement systems under this new plan, and Jo said that she would.
Her boss will be retiring in about 4 years and I think he really wanted someone that he could depend on, and Jo is definitely dependable. I can’t count the number of times we have driven in to work at all hours to address issues involving the computer systems and servers. With the sale of our home last May and the move to a mobile home park with our Mobile Suites, we are now only 3 miles away instead of over 20 miles away, so that has made it a lot easier to be “dependable.”
It now looks like we may very well be staying put for four more years. That will let Jo get to full retirement instead of early retirement. I could retire at any time as I am just enough of an old fogey that I could, albeit with a reduced amount of benefits simply because I haven’t put in quite enough years for full retirement benefits.
In order for me to get full retirement, I would have to work until I was 72 years old. Since I am now 65, that would have been 7 more years, but if Jo goes ahead and retires after 4 more years, it will add to my retirement benefits, but I would still be 3 year short of having full retirement benefits.
Hey, I could live with that. After all, I would only be 69-years-old when we start, and I fully plan on living to the age of 103 and dying in a fight over a prime campsite.
Fall and Winter colors in Colorado, October 2011