When East Aurora Police Chief William D. Nye retired last week from a 40-year law enforcement career, he walked out the door with a $91,936 retirement package.
Nye's retirement package payout was divided into two payments: one for $37,941.26 paid in late December and another for $53,994.79 to be paid today, according to village records obtained by The Buffalo News through a Freedom of Information request.
Highlights of the package include payment for 270 unused sick days, unused vacation time and annual contractual salary adjustments of 3.75 percent retroactive to June 1, 2005, through Jan. 8 of this year, that were just settled through arbitration with the police union. Nye's pay, as chief, had risen to $78,655 at the time he retired.
Some trustees wouldn't discuss Nye's retirement, though privately some officials indicated strained relations between Nye and Village Administrator Kimberly LaMarche.
Mayor David DiPietro generally praised his work.
"Forty years speaks volumes for Bill," DiPietro said. "The village has been blessed to have Bill serve the community for that long."
Nye, 61, started his career as a sheriff's deputy in 1967 before going to work for the village as a patrolman in 1968, rising through the ranks to become its chief in 1992. He had hinted at retirement in the past couple of years but didn't act on his intentions until now. His last day on the job was Jan. 8.
Nye rarely attended board meetings in recent years, prompting some trustees to remark about his absence. He submitted his resignation letter Dec. 20.
Nye declined to discuss his retirement or years of service as East Aurora's top cop.
"No comment. No comment," he said when reached at home Thursday. "You can probably read between the lines."
LaMarche offered limited comment about Nye's retirement, other than to confirm it and say the board appointed Lt. Ronald J. Krowka interim police chief while a search process is under way.
Krowka, who had been second in command, will earn the chief's pay of $78,665 to oversee the 17-member force.
Nye had inquired in other years about his retirement package, though he never followed through on it. He submitted a letter July 25 to DiPietro regarding a retirement package proposal, also asking that any negotiated salary and benefits increases reached through arbitration with the East Aurora Quaker Club also apply to him.
He had sought fully paid health insurance coverage for his family for 30 years or more, without the age 65 cap -- though the village insisted on the cap to age 65.