Council to pass Emergency Appropriation of $401,943.27 for retired employees

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PARSIPPANY — Parsippany-Troy Hills Township Council voted to approve on first reading Ordinance 2017:25 authorizing a special Emergency Appropriation of $401,943.27 for the purpose of paying contractually required severance liabilities resulting from the retirement of employees.

The Ordinance will have a second reading on Tuesday, November 14.

The employees covered under this emergency appropriations include:

Employee Name Department Amount* Retirement Date Title
Henry Radler Parks & Forestry $20,000.00 April 1, 2016 Supervisor Trees
Bernard Hattersley Police $80,000.00 March 1, 2016 Police Sergeant
Eugene Natoli Police $79.925.00 October 1, 2015 Police Sergeant
Joseph Chmura Police $95,587.79 May 1, 2017 Police Officer
Kevin Duffy Police $35,000.00 September 12, 2004 Police Sergeant
Sean Clark Police $57,003.33 November 1, 2014 Police Captain
Richard Herbst Police Civilians $34,427.25 June 1, 2016 Mechanic
Total $401,943.37

Upon retirement from the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department in October 2015 Eugene Natoli accumulated $221,295.00 in unused sick and vacation time. Natoli was rehired by the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills on December 19, 2016 at an annual salary of $50,000.00.

Former Police Captain Sean Clark accumulated $253,173 by his November 1, 2014 retirement.

Former Police Sergeant Kevin Duffy retired in September 2004 and had accumulated $192,155.

Former Police Sergeant Bernard Hattersley accumulated $272,052 by his March 1, 2016 retirement.

Richard Herbst, a mechanic in the police department, accumulated $68,854 in unused time by his March 1, 2016 retirement.

Data on Henry Radler and Joseph Chmura was not available at this time.

Parsippany has grappled with payouts to retired police officers for years, more so than with other ex-employees covered by less generous policies.

Prior to 1999, when Parsippany capped police sick day payouts at 200 and also limited vacation day rollovers, the township had no restrictions on how many days officers could accumulate and the change did not apply retroactively.

*Note: Amounts listed are the amounts to be paid in 2017 and do not include any previous amounts paid or any amounts that will be paid in future years (if any).