Long Island Police Chief, 57, Receives Massive $ 1.2 MILLION Retirement Benefit After Leading Small Group Of 30 In Village With No Homicide For 13 Years
- Chief Thomas Cummings leads the Southampton Village force in the Hamptons
- Cummings, 57, will be paid $ 442,000 but will have to pay $ 1.24 million upon retirement
- His base salary is $ 264,000, but attracts an additional $ 230,000 in overtime / benefits
- Southampton has a population of 3,000 and no homicide has been committed since 2008
- The salary is more than the $ 239,000 a year of NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea
Chief Thomas Cummings, 57, leads the Southampton Village Force of 30 in the Hamptons and gets $ 442,000 but has to pay $ 1.24 million upon retirement
A police officer from the small town of Southampton, New York, who earns nearly half a million dollars annually, will be paid a million dollars when he finally retires.
Chief Thomas Cummings, who leads the corps of 30 officers in the Hamptons on Long Island’s east side, raised nearly $ 442,000 in 2020 when vacation pay, retirement, and health care are taken into account.
But even the chief’s $ 264,000 base salary is higher than NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea’s $ 239,000, who commands a force of 36,000 sworn officers in New York City, home to more than 8 million residents. At last count, just over 3,000 villagers lived in Southampton.
It’s not clear what factors play a role in determining the chief’s salary, but crime in Hampton’s wealthy locations is virtually non-existent. The quaint village hasn’t had a murder since 2008.
The small village of Southampton has a population of 3,000 and no homicide has been committed since 2008
Last year was indeed very quiet, with no reports of murders, rapes, robberies or aggravated assault throughout 2020.
However, according to data from the State Department of Criminal Justice Services, two cars were reported stolen, one was a burglary, and 42 was non-violent theft.
A closer look at 57-year-old Cummings’ compensation package reveals how he received $ 86,000 in retirement contributions; $ 31,000 additional vacation with a $ 24,000 work night bonus.
When Cummings finally decides to retire, he will be eligible for more than $ 1.24 million in post-employment benefits, including $ 737,000 in health benefits and an additional $ 504,000 in accrued time off work.
The issue of Cummings’s salary was raised during a village council meeting at Zoom
Details of Cummings’ salary were shared at the village meeting
The salary is more than the $ 239,000 a year of NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea in command of a force of 39,000
The chef’s bounty was revealed earlier this month at the village board meeting.
“ Perhaps most blatantly, the previous administration included an evergreen or perpetual clause in his most recent contract, effectively making him chief for as long as he wants, ” Deputy Mayor Gina Arresta said in a video recording of the village meeting. Posted YouTube.
The village’s mayor, Jesse Warren, explained that the village is now negotiating Cummings’ next contract.
“While I cannot comment on Chief Cummings’ contract as we are in the middle of negotiations, I fully support our village police and will make sure they always have the resources to keep us safe,” Warren said. The New York Post.
Cummings has been with the department for 34 years after joining in 1987.
He also managed to hire his son a police officer in 2019, despite a code of ethics that prohibits family members from employing each other, according to Newsday.
Cummings has been with the department for 34 years after joining in 1987
The Southampton Village Police Department headquarters as seen on their Facebook page