BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A former deputy police chief with the Bridgeport Police Department who retired this month will receive a payout of more than $450,000 on top of his pension, according to the Connecticut Post.
The $453,814 that James Honis will receive will amount to $308,639 after taxes, and is based on earnings such as overtime and unused paid time off from his 47-year career, the Connecticut Post reported. Honis will also receive a pension of $15,500 per month, according to the Connecticut Post.
Police Chief AJ Perez praised Honis, who joined the department in 1970 and rose through the ranks, earning several commendations during his career, the Connecticut Post reported. Honis told the Connecticut Post that he only took six sick days during his entire time with the department. He was investigated a couple times but nothing ever came of it, and he had an almost "mythical" reputation, according to the Connecticut Post.
Perez will decide whether to fill the empty deputy chief position, as a recent agreement with the city allows the department to keep the deputy chief roles vacant or eliminate them when the current occupants leave, according to the Connecticut Post.