Missouri pension benefits for elected officials, judges to be published

JEFFERSON CITY | Pension benefits for Missouri's elected officials and judges may now be viewed online.

The Missouri State Employees' Retirement System voted Thursday to publish the retirement benefits for former public officials on its Web site. Last month, the agency decided to create a searchable database of its employees' salaries.

Those numbers have always been public records, but anyone seeking the information had to make a specific request. State Treasurer Clint Zweifel, who serves on the retirement board, says government should be open and accountable.

The Missouri State Employees' Retirement System Web site is