Severance Pay for Police


UPDATED: This story initially called these payouts "severance packages" and identified them as part of the officers' contracts. This was inaccurate and we regret the error.

ST. PETE BEACH – When the city switches to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) next month, current officers will get payouts. 28 officers will receive payouts from the city of between $1,000 and $10,000, dependent on their length of service with the city. This includes 27 officers represented by the FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) union as well as Captain Dean Horianopoulos, who isn’t represented by the union. 

  City Commissioners voted to award Captain Horianopoulos $10,000 severance based on his length of service. City Manager Mike Bonfield assured the commission the police chief was also compensated separately.

  This does not affect their employment ability with the PCSO; each has a job offer from the PCSO at their present rate of pay. It also does not affect their pension.

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Member Opinions:
By: Steven on 12/15/12
Very short and sweet. Bonfield did not follow the contract. If he did the severance pay would have been $17,000 and not $10,000. This was one more way of giving us a kick on the way out the door. The other thing is the fact our sick time that was not used and was put in to a fund for officers who ran out of time and needed the help. The bank of time was offered to help a long time City employee who no longer had any sick time and returned to work only to be striken again with a serious illness. Bonfield would not allow this time to be given to her to assist her during this time of need. What a nice guy!!!!!

By: Steven on 12/15/12
Iforgot to ask what the amount of hush money the Chief got for severance?