Town Counsel Robert Troy said today that the settlement between the town and outgoing Police Chief Mark DeLuca is still being worked out, and that the $240,000 number initially discussed during an executive session Monday night is high.
Executive sessions are normally closed to the public, but Comcast recording equipment was left on while the board was meeting in the Mural Room Monday, leading to the audio of the meeting being broadcast live on local access.
Troy could not go into specifics on Tuesday, but said the final figure will be based on a formula encompassing a number of things, including the chief's service, his work in getting the department accredited and a series of releases and waivers he will be required to execute. His unused vacation time will also be factored in, according to his contract. Troy said the final number would be less than the $240,000.
Troy also said that part of the negotiations with the chief and his attorney include when DeLuca's final date of work will be. Although the date has not yet been finalized, Troy said it is â€œnearer to today than Nov. 20 [when DeLuca's contract is set to expire] ... It's imminent.â€
The town is also finalizing plans to appoint an interim chief.