Williams making big bucks in pension settlement

Former Chief Justice Frank Williams in January 2009. (photo: AP/Stew Milne)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A number has finally been released.

Former R.I. Supreme Court Chief Justice Frank Williams is making $400 per hour for his ongoing efforts to settle the high-stakes pension lawsuit, the Governor’s office confirmed.

Williams’ rate is a discounted one approved by the court and both the state and the unions are sharing the cost — to date his earnings total $5,644.

WPRI.com Reporter Ted Nesi reports that Williams, who retired from the Supreme Court in 2008, currently receives an annual state pension of $146,604.

Williams has been involved with the settlement since March, when Judge Susan Taft-Carter appointed him “special master” in the case.

The pension case is made up of state leaders, who are the defendants, and roughly 200 unions, retiree groups and individuals, who are the plaintiffs.

Ted Nesi contributed to this report.

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