Cranston Mayor Allan Fung said the city’s police chief did not enhance his retirement benefits by briefly being reinstated before retiring earlier this week. Former chief Marco Palombo will get an annual pension of just under $80,000.
Fung said for Palombo to receive his retirement benefits he first had to be reinstated. The mayor and Republican gubernatorial candidate says that’s because Palombo was placed on paid administrative leave in January as state police were brought in to probe a parking ticket scandal. Fung says that besides his pension, Palombo will receive a series of one-time payouts: about 37,000 dollars for unused vacation, 23,000 for unused sick time, and 12,000 in unused holiday pay.
"Everything that he received is exactly what he’s entitled to. Whatever he’s entitled to legally, he received, so that was it," said Fung.
Fung said Palombo made his own decision to retire. The state police investigation into Cranston’s parking ticket scandal is continuing.
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