WESTFIELD, NJ – The state has approved pension benefits for a former police chief who retired suddenly last month, but he will receive no sick-time payout, a municipal official said.
While police chiefs retiring from other departments in New Jersey have secured significant and widely reported payouts for unused sick time, former Westfield Chief David Wayman will get no such compensation, Town Administrator Jim Gildea said Monday.
Wayman, whose retirement officials announced Aug. 1, after consulting with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, earned a salary of $168,968, records show. Wayman began as the department’s chief in 2012.
He worked in law enforcement for 30 years, state records show.
“There is no agreement that provides for any payout,” Gildea said. The state’s Division of Pensions and Benefits has, however, approved Wayman’s pension, he said.
Records confirm there is no separation agreement between Wayman and Westfield.
“No written agreement pertaining to David Wayman’s separation of employment with the Town of Westfield exists,” wrote Town Clerk Tara Rowley, in response to a public records request. “As such, there are no records responsive to your request.”
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Westfield's town regulations allow for an employee to accumulate 90 days of sick time and bank the time for six years. This regulation, Gildea said, helps the municipality avoid the significant payouts, which other municipalities in the state have been tied to.
The sudden nature of Wayman's retirement and the Union County Prosecutor's Office involvement in the decision raised questions as to the former chief's conduct.
As of Tuesday, however, the prosecutor's office had not charged Wayman, Mark Spivey, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office, said.
Mayor Shelley Brindle had announced Wayman’s retirement along with the appointment of Capt. Chris Battiloro to acting chief and the town's search for a permanent chief.
“It’s critical that we complete a thorough search for a police chief, who will lead by example and instill a culture of trust and accountability,” Brindle said.
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