Eleven Riverhead Town employees have accepted an early retirement incentive offered by the Town Board in an attempt to cut costs in the 2015 budget.
The retirements will save the town about $530,000, according to town finance administrator Bill Rothaar, who said all but the three police positions are being eliminated.
Employees who take the incentive can get health insurance coverage for family members paid by the town for the first four years — something they would normally have to pay for themselves. In addition, workers taking the incentive agree to have all accrued payments, such as unused vacation or sick days, paid over three years instead of one, according to Mr. Rothaar.
The 11 employees taking the retirement incentive are: longtime Town Hall receptionist Verna Campbell, water district superintendent Gary Pendzick, environmental planner Joseph Hall, senior center cook Ann Clinton, electrical inspector Richard Gadzinski, water district mechanic Chet Majewski, police department head clerk Vickie Vourakis, auto mechanic Richard Warner and police officers Emil Breitenbach, Tim Hubbard and Chris Parkin.