Vestal Town Board to vote on $229,000 severance package for outgoing police chief

Board set to meet in special session on Dec. 27th
Published: Dec. 24, 2021 at 2:59 PM EST
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Town of Vestal (WBNG) - The Vestal Town Board will hold a special session on Monday, Dec. 27th to vote on an “employment separation agreement” between Police Chief John Butler and the town, according to information posted on the town’s website late this week.

According to the meeting’s agenda, town board members will meet to discuss the authorization for Town Supervisor John Schaffer to enter into the agreement with Butler.

The agreement would pay Butler the rest of his salary for the 2021 year, as well as a severance of $229,250.92. The severance payments would be broken down into two payments. The first payment would be paid in the amount of $150,000 on January 7, 2022. The second payment would be paid in the amount of $79,250.92 on January 6, 2023.

As part of the agreement, Butler will be required to return all town-owned equipment. The agreement also states the Town would pay 100% of Butler’s health insurance premium in his retirement, which would also support his wife.

“Upon leaving the Town’s employment the Employee will be Medicare eligible and his health coverage will be provided by the Town’s Medicare Advantage plan,” the agreement stated in part.

The document said the parties wish to separate and discontinue their employment relationship in an “amicable manner.”

To read the entire agreement, click here.

The Vestal Town Board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 27th, and will not be streamed via Zoom. The town suggests a limited number of people may attend the meeting due to COVID-19 precautions.

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