Former Westhampton Beach Police Chief Ray Dean left office earlier this summer with 300 unused sick days and more than 200 unused vacation days, both of which contributed heavily to the hefty severance package he received from the Village Board earlier this month.
During its meeting on August 7, the board approved a payout of $403,714.28 for Mr. Dean, who retired after 15 years at the helm of the village’s police department. In accordance with his most recent contract, approved in November 2011, Mr. Dean was entitled to compensation for all the unused time, according to information obtained by The Press under the Freedom of Information Law.
Mr. Dean compiled at least 300 sick days—the maximum allowed under his contract—as well as 208.21 vacation days, 10 personal days and 13 holidays to be compensated for, according to Village Treasurer/Clerk Elizabeth Lindtvit.
His latest contract, which was retroactive to January 1, 2009, guaranteed Mr. Dean 22 days of sick leave, 30 vacation days and five personal days a year. Mr. Dean was obligated to maintain a 40-hour work week but was given 15 chart days off and 13 holidays per year, for a total work schedule of 232 days a year.
Mr. Dean did not return calls seeking comment for this story.
The contract guarantees “payment in full of earned but unpaid salary, holidays, longevity pay, night differential, educational incentive and executive differential pay” upon retirement. During the final year of his contract, which started on June 1—only 29 days before Mr. Dean abruptly left office—the chief was scheduled to make $167,507, equating to a pay rate of $722.01 per day. At this rate, Mr. Dean was due to receive roughly $383,540 for his unused days off, accounting for 95 percent of the lump sum payout.
The village’s labor counsel, Richard K. Zuckerman of Melville, reviewed time records submitted by Mr. Dean and approved by former Mayor Conrad Teller, as well as the village’s calculations, to make sure they were in adherence with Mr. Dean’s contract.
Mr. Zuckerman could not immediately be reached for comment.