Sheila McLaughlin reports:
West Chester Township Assistant Police Chief David Kelly is retiring and returning to his job without missing a beat.
Unless you count losing about 10 percent of his $98,320 annual salary and a little vacation time.
As of Nov. 1, Kelly will make $88,488 a year while he draws his public pension.
Lee Wong, one of three township trustees, was the lone vote against the rehiring Tuesday night. Nothing personal, Wong said. He would rather give other officers an opportunity to be promoted.
“He’s a great guy, no question. His performance is stellar. But I think when you retire, time to go. It’s not against the law. What can I do?” Wong said.
Police Chief Erik Niehaus had asked trustees to rehire Kelly upon his retirement, saying he was a vital member of the police department’s management team and that the police force relies on his extensive law enforcement experience.
Kelly started with the township police force in 1988.
Barb Wilson, spokeswoman for West Chester, said the measure saves the township $23,200 a year between Kellly’s salary reduction and less paid time off.
According to Kelly’s employment agreement, he still gets three weeks of paid time off. The township continues to pay for his health insurance and contribute to the Public Employees Retirement System on his behalf.