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Monday, June 28, 2010

Pensions Approved for Police, Fire, Deputy Fire Chiefs

UPDATE & CORRECT The town’s police and fire pension boards today approved the pension requests for the town’s retiring police and fire chiefs and the deputy fire chief.

The approval by the Police Pension Board awards Chief Alfred R. Fiore a monthly pension effective June 1 of $8,550.88. The vote was unanimous with Fiore abstaining.

The Fire Pension Board approved a monthly pension effective June 1 for Chief Christopher Ackley of $8,553.59 and for Deputy Chief Jonathan Gottfried of $7,900.21.

Fire union member Ronald Wojnoski was the only vote against the pension awards for the fire officials—with Ackley abstaining on his pension but approving Gottfried’s.

Wojnoski said there was ambiguity about the legality of the town’s plans to rehire both on a temporary basis as it impacted the pension plan.

Town Attorney Ira Bloom said his office would provide a letter to the police and fire pension boards saying such an arrangement was permissible.

Several members of the public also questioned the rehiring on a temporary basis of the three.

First Selectman Gordon F. Joseloff said the issue of rehiring was not before the pension boards but that letters of agreement were being drawn up that provided for their continued employment on a temporary basis.

He said the rehiring would be “economically beneficial” to the town but declined to provide details, saying the matter was not the subject of today’s meetings.

Joseloff later repeated what he said earlier—that the employment details of the three officials would be made public once the agreements are concluded. (See WestportNow June 22, 2010)

“We would not be making these arrangements unless they provided cost-savings to the town and provided for the needed continuity of leadership in these vitally important departments,” he said.
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An earlier version of this story stated incorrectly that Ackley abstained on both fire pension requests. He only abstained on his own.

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Posted 06/28/10 at 02:05 PM  Permalink



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