WESTHAMPTON BEACH - Westhampton Beach residents are stunned by a payout given to Police Chief Ray Dean on top of his retirement.
Westhampton Beach, which is less than 3 square miles, has a dozen officers in its village police department. Last year, Dean earned more than $225,000. He resigned earlier this summer and cashed in more than 500 unused sick and vacation days. His payout totaled more than $400,000. In addition to the payout, he's also receiving a pension of $142,000 a year.
Village Trustee Ralph Urban says board members had no choice but to authorize the payout due to the chief’s contract. Urban says trustees will look to limit those perks in future contracts.
“It's become too expensive,” he says. “We pay a tremendous amount of money into the pension system as a village.”
The money is being paid out from a special fund the village set up that's earmarked for retirement payouts for village employees.
Attempts to reach former Chief Ray Dean for comment have been unsuccessful.