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Report: North Jersey Cops Collecting Thousands in Payouts

Lawmakers have stalled in reforming payout laws that have allowed towns to accumulate $1.5 million in payout debt over the past three months, report says.

Local lawmakers are "stalling" to change payout laws that have seen North Jersey taxpayers fund $1.5 million in police payouts over the past three months, NorthJersey.com reported.

According to the report, the money is being paid out to retiring police chiefs in Bergen and Passaic Counties to cover unused sick, vacation, and compensatory time.

The report outlined a handful of public employees who are collecting hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments each.

State lawmakers have been going back and forth on the issues, the report said, with some calling for no payouts at all, and others saying some payouts are necessary. Bills supported in the past have either lost support or been vetoed, as lawmakers have argued over a compromise in terms of payout caps and limits, the report said.

James E. McCall June 10, 2014 at 09:48 PM
That last comment about the toll collector- first he is not a POLICE OFFICER, he or she worked for the STATE.They clean out their own house if they ever will, but the politicians don't have time for that they just want the votes when they say We Will Fix It, but never do If you don't know the difference, I truly feel sorry for you as there is obviously an anger problem, as calling names doesn't solve anything but show how you really need help, maybe the nearest rubber room would help?, as I have met thousands of "people" like you in my lifetime and they all come to no good end.
Jack June 10, 2014 at 11:48 PM
I work as a police sergeant here in Bergen County and am eligible to retire in a few months. The town that I work for has always had a policy that police officers and anyone else that is in the pension system is not eligible to collect a dime for any unused sick time, holidays, vacation days, comp time, etc. They do not offer any terminal leave either. You work until your last day on the books and anything you leave in the "bank" is forfeited. It's a "use it or lose it" rule. For those towns that have allowed cops and other pensioners to accumulate time and then cash it in, they are to blame. Not the cops. The politicians in some towns allow this to continue. Don't blame the player, blame the game. I will say this though, that holidays, sick time, etc., should be cashed out at the value it was worth during the year it was banked. If a cop was making $7.00 an hour in 1972, and had 10 unused sick days, those 10 days are worth $70.00. They should not be worth $75.00 each or $750.00 in 2014 upon his retirement. Each year after that should be the same, 1973, 1974, 1975, etc. Then the officer should get one check upon his retirement. That is probably the way this matter will ultimately be handled. Just my opinion. -Jack
Ridgewood Mom June 12, 2014 at 06:46 PM
Libertarians make bad lifeguards. http://tinyurl.com/oj8qpjp
DD June 13, 2014 at 08:16 AM
People addicted to bickering on the Patch make bad mommies.
Ridgewood Mom June 13, 2014 at 06:04 PM
Nothing like bickering about cops and mommies, huh DD? To any and all cops reading this, please pay note of DD's icon with its lovely Tea Party cheer accompanied by a rather disturbing obsession with me. This is where cop hate, general public sector worker hate and many other lovely forms of hate come from. Know your enemy.

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