PELHAM — Today is Town Administrator Tom Gaydos’s last day on the job, although he hasn’t physically been on the job for a month.
In a special meeting Friday night before the school deliberative session, selectmen announced his resignation.
“After many years of service to the town of Pelham, Tom Gaydos has decided to resign his employment effective Feb. 11, 2014,” they said in a written statement. “The Board of Selectmen thank him for his years of service.”
Gaydos, 56, will receive 13 weeks of pay and payment for 12 days of accrued paid time off, under the separation agreement.
He has been on leave since Jan. 9, although neither side has said why. Gaydos has been the town administrator since July 2002.
In response to a Right to Know request from The Eagle-Tribune, selectmen yesterday released the separation agreement between the town and Gaydos, along with a copy of his most recent contract.
If Gaydos opts to continue his health insurance under COBRA, the town will make those payments for March, April and May, or until he procures other coverage, whichever happens first.
Under the agreement, the town agreed not to contest Gaydos’s application for unemployment benefits, should he choose to file.
Other than that, the terms of the agreement are confidential and both parties agreed not to disclose any further information, according to the agreement.
If anyone asks Gaydos about the agreement, he agreed to refer those inquiries to an attorney, his own or the town’s.
“Mr. Gaydos may respond to any such inquiries with the following, ‘I have no comment,’” the agreement reads.
Gaydos agreed not to seek re-employment with the town. He also agreed not to pursue further claims against the town. The town, too, acknowledges it has no intention of bringing any type of legal action against the longtime administrator.
Yesterday, Gaydos was to deliver any town-owned documents, keys, computer passwords, equipment and more to the town. The town was to return his personal property to him yesterday.
He also agreed to make himself “reasonably available” to help the town transition.
Police Chief Joseph Roark is serving as interim administrator.
Under his most recent contract, dated Feb. 28, 2012, Gaydos or the town could terminate his employment with at least 90 days notice “unless a shorter time frame is agreed upon by the other party.”
The contract also calls for the termination payment echoed in the separation agreement — 13 weeks salary and benefits for three months.
The contract also says should the administrator be terminated by selectmen when he is “willing and able” to do the job, selectmen agree to pay him a lump sum payment equal to 13 weeks pay and continue benefits for three months.
Under the terms of the 2012 contract, Gaydos’s annual salary was $103,764. On Jan. 1 2013, and this year, he was to receive a raise of not less than 2.5 percent, as determined by selectmen. If his job performance was deemed unsatisfactory, selectmen could reduce, suspend or disallow the raise for that year.
Selectmen did not give him a raise for 2013. His contract was up for review at the end of this month.
Town officials have been relatively silent on the matter since Gaydos was suspended last month.
Selectmen were clear there were no criminal allegations against their administrator. He was charged previously with two counts of simple assault. In January 2010, Gaydos faced those charges after an incident involving a woman, 50, with whom he apparently lived. He was not convicted in that case.
In this case, selectmen would only characterize Gaydos’s suspension as “a personnel matter.”
Selectmen’s Chairman Ed Gleason said yesterday that Roark is doing “a heck of a job,” but selectmen don’t want him to serve as both police chief and town administrator for too long.
“We’ve set an internal agenda that says let’s get it done in three months,” Gleason said. “He’s got two balls in the air, the police department and the town. We’d like to let him get back to his primary job.”
To that end, at their next meeting a week from today, selectmen hope to release a job description, Gleason said.
Roark has assumed the additional responsibility for no additional compensation, Gleason said.
“He’s got an exceptionally good staff on the police department,” Gleason said. “His two lieutenants are very capable of filling the void. With (Roark) doing this job here, between the three of them, they can get it done.”