MAPLEWOOD, NJ - The Maplewood Township Committee (TC) has reached a settlement with Police Chief Robert Cimino, according to a statement released on Wednesday. Cimino was placed on administrative leave and asked to resign on August 1 for his part in police misconduct following the July 5, 2016 fireworks.
The settlement has Cimino retiring from Township employment effective January 1, 2018, and continuing on paid administrative leave until December 31, 2017, with a total payment of about $280,000.
At their next meeting on Tuesday, October 3, the TC will discuss and vote on the settlement after hearing public comments.
According to the TC statement, the settlement terms include the following:
1. Mr. Cimino will remain on paid administrative leave through December 31, 2017.
2. Mr. Cimino will retire from Township employment effective January 1, 2018.
3. Mr. Cimino will receive a payment of $49,479.85, representing his accumulated sick, vacation and personal time owed upon retirement. Such payment shall be by January 15, 2018.
4. Mr. Cimino will receive a payment of $115,000 less federal, state and local taxes and other required withholdings by January 15, 2018.
5. Mr. Cimino will receive a payment of $115,000 less federal, state and local taxes and other required withholdings by January 15, 2019.
6. Mr. Cimino’s attorney, Cammarata, Nulty and Garrigan, L.L.C., will receive a payment of $15,000.
7. Mr. Cimino will receive a letter stating that he served with dedication and professionalism for 36 years.
8. Mr. Cimino will receive a letter acknowledging he had no formal disciplinary actions sustained against him during his tenure as Chief of Police.
9. In exchange for the consideration described above, Mr. Cimino agrees to forever release, acquit and discharge the Township from and against all claims, actions and causes of action.
10. Mr. Cimino agrees not to directly or indirectly disparage or otherwise bring into question or disrepute the Township and its services, products, business reputation, abilities, or capabilities.
11. The Township agrees that it will not authorize any Township elected official or member of the Township Administration to make or cause to be made any defamatory or disparaging statements about or regarding Mr. Cimino.
The statement from the TC included that this settlement was because, "faced with the prospects of extended and costly administrative and legal proceedings regarding this matter and a legal assessment which concluded there would be little likelihood of success in such proceedings, the Township Committee has reluctantly deemed it to be in the best interest of the Township to enter into this settlement. The settlement will successfully achieve the Township Committee’s overriding goal of not having Mr. Cimino return to his post as chief of the Maplewood Police Department."
Once the agreement with Cimino is finalized, the Township will undergo a national search for the new Police Chief, stated Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca earlier this month.
The full statement from the Maplewood Township Committee can be read here.