BAYONNE — Outgoing police Chief Drew Sisk will obtain greater than $260,000 from the town over the following 5 years for unused sick time and different compensation.
Sisk, 52, will obtain 5 funds of $52,246.52 by means of 2022, totaling $261,232.60 for unpaid sick time and different compensation from metropolis coffers. He’ll obtain a cost on his efficient retirement date — Aug. 1 — and can then obtain a cost on Jan. 1 of every yr for the following 4 years.
In keeping with the town, Sisk accrued 92 banked trip, vacation and coaching days from 2000 by means of 2013; 21 sick depart incentive days from 2006 by means of 2017; 51 unused trip and private days from 2017 and 2018; and 175 hours of contracted terminal depart.
The payout comes on high of his pension, which totals greater than $177,000 yearly, or $14,753.20 a month. As chief of police, he earned a yearly wage of $252,923.
Each a metropolis spokesman and Sisk didn’t reply to an e mail looking for remark.
A longtime member of the Bayonne Police Division, Sisk introduced his retirement earlier this month after greater than 30 years on the town’s police drive, however simply over a yr after taking the pinnacle put up.
He beforehand advised The Jersey Journal that after talking along with his household, he felt that “the time is true” to retire, including that he is “been doing this for fairly some time and it is time to transfer on.”
Town has but to announce his substitute.
He was promoted from the rank of deputy chief (incomes $219,923 yearly) to the highest put up after former police Chief Drew Niekrasz introduced his retirement final summer season after serving three years as head of police.
Earlier than him, Ralph Scianni served because the Peninsula Metropolis’s high cop for less than two years, following Robert Kubert’s retirement in Could 2012.
Niekrasz walked away with $291,004, Scianni with $444,450, and Kubert with $320,000.
Whereas they’re contractually mandated, these payouts are being made whereas the town works to dig itself out of a multi-million-dollar deficit. At its peak in 2013, the deficit was $30.four million, however officers now estimate it hovers round $18 million.
However Bayonne is just not alone in giving out huge payouts. Jersey Metropolis’s former police chief obtained a greater than half-million-dollar payout final yr, whereas Newark’s former police chief obtained a $453,000 payout after retiring.
In 2010, the state handed a regulation capping sick-time payouts for public workers at $15,000. That, nevertheless, solely applies to workers who started working after the regulation’s signing.
An evaluation by NJ Highlight in March 2017 discovered that public employees are owed nearly $2 billion time once they retire.