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Merrimack Valley

February 23, 2013

Andover Police Chief: I wanted to stay

Contract dispute led police chief to retire

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“That calculation would have produced a savings to the town, because some of those years would have been at a lower rate of pay, so it would have been a little difference. It wouldn’t have been a large, lump sum payment,” Pattullo said. “After my negotiations with him, he opted not to go in that direction. At the same time, I was approached by a firm and offered a position in the private sector.”

“I decided to go in that direction,” he said.

When asked about the failed deal, Stapczynski declined to comment.

Paul Salafia, Board of Selectmen chairman, said he was aware of the contract but not part of the negotiations. Beyond that, he said he “won’t comment. Way too personal.”

With advance warning of his retirement so the town could find and transition a replacement, Pattullo benefited from a salary increase. His final year of pay jumped from a budgeted $162,781 to $169,600, according to Stacpzynski.

The sick time he’s buying back, and whatever he buys back from his vacation time, will reflect that increased salary. His pension will as well, Stapczynski said.

He will start collecting the pension, the terms of which are still not clear, while also working full-time as the chief operating officer of a Boston-based security firm that he declined to name.

When asked how he felt after the negotiations for his new contract ended the way they did, Pattullo laughed and said, “I feel great now.”

“I’m at a point where I’m at the max of my retirement. If I stay beyond that, it’s a losing deal for me,” he said. “If you stay beyond your retirement years, you start to lose money.”

But at the same time, with 32 years in Andover after starting as a patrolman in 1981, it’s hard not to look back.

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