Suspended Chief Gets Big Retirement Deal

Paul Jakubson's department has had its troubles, but he'll still be collecting hundreds of thousands

A police chief in Madison accused of failing to address issues in the department plans to retire next month, and collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in the next four years.

Paul Jakubson ran what some have called the state’s most troubled police department. He was also accused of failing to investigate and address sexual and criminal misconduct, but Madison’s retiring chief he will be taken care of financially over the next four years. 

Jakubson, 59, who has been suspended for the past year, plans to retire as of July 1.

When he does, he will be paid $41,000 a year for four years and also receive his pension. According to the deal struck, the administrative charges against him will also be dropped. 

The package is worth $164,000, along with a pension of about $60,000 a year, plus health benefits and life insurance worth thousands more, the Hartford Courant reports. He’ll also take home more than $10,000 for unused vacation and sick time.

The Connecticut police chief was on administrative leave for more than a year after being accused of failing to stop his officers' alleged bad behavior.

Five officers were fired, accused of transgressions including on-duty oral sex with prostitutes, strip-club patronage and interfering with a state police investigation, according to the Associated Press and Hartford Courant reports.

 Town officials said the settlement avoids an expensive hearing and litigation process.

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