$11,100 annual pension for life could go to former Jupiter Mayor Karen Golonka


Karen Golonka

Karen Golonka, defeated last month for another term on the town council after serving eight straight three-year terms as mayor, could receive an annual pension of $11,100 a year if the council approves at Tuesday’s 7 p.m. meeting.

An elected municipal official that leaves office after at least 20 years without the availability of another plan shall be entitled to an annual payment that is equal to one-half of the official’s annual pay when they leave office, according to Florida law cited in town records.

Golonka’s annual salary was $22,200 annually. She did not have another job.

“I didn’t run for office to get a pension. I was happy to serve the town. I’m glad the state statute exists,” said Golonka, who was recently in the back row of a Jupiter Community Redevelopment Agency meeting at town hall.

Golonka, a 62-year-old former urban planner, was first elected to the Jupiter council in 1987. She was elected mayor four years later.

Jupiter Councilman Wayne Posner, who defeated Golonka in the March 15 election, said he approved of the pension.

“After being underpaid for 28 years, she deserves it,” said Posner.