Report: Ex-Jersey City deputy police chief to get more than $500K in unused sick pay
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Recent Jersey City Police Department retirements will cost city taxpayers $1.3 million in terminal leave payouts for unused sick days.
Recent Jersey City Police Department retirements will cost city taxpayers $1.3 million in terminal leave payouts for unused sick days.

JERSEY CITY – Recently-retired Jersey City Deputy Police chief Peter Nalbach will receive a 565,797 payout from city taxpayers for 754 unused sick leave days, according to a report by

Nalbach is among several senior Jersey City Police Department brass who retired effective June 1. In total, these retirees, who include former JCPD Chief Thomas Comey, will collectively receive almost $1.3 millon in terminal leave payouts for unused sick days.

According to, Comey will receive $170,384 for 215.5 for his unused sick days, on top of the $26,496 Comey already received when he cashed in some of his unused time. But the ex-chief’s payout is dwarfed by the $306,604 city taxpayers will have to fork over to Robert Kilduff, another deputy chief, for his 419 unused sick days, according to Former Deputy Chief Hugh Donaghue will receive $252,768 for 344 unused sick days

These payouts are just the beginning.

As previously reported, between June 1 and the end of the year, at least 27 deputy chiefs, captains, sergeants, detectives, and senior police officers are expected to retire. These individuals have already filed the paperwork necessary to retire. According to estimates from the city, residents will have to pay between $4.5 million to $5.4 million to cover the retirement benefits owed to these 27 retirees.

Mayor-elect Steven Fulop, who gets sworn in on July 1, has vowed to audit all unused leave days and payout requests from these retiring officers. – E. Assata Wright
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June 08, 2013
E Assata Wright: This article is flawed and should be removed as it is inaccurate. These men are not getting a single cent in sick days as there are no sick days granted that can be unused and saved. Sick time in the JCPD is granted if you are sick. The payout is for the following days that can be accrued over the course of their career in D/C Nalbach's case 38 years. 5 terminal leave days are granted per year of service and payable at retirement, in his case 190 Days. 30 vacation days a year thats 6 weeks a year taking 3 weeks some years and maybe 2 weeks in some years could easily add up to 500 days. Also 10 comp days a year save 2 or 3 a year and that adds up. Also now and then the city would throw another day or two to be paid at retirement or to be taken in contract negotiations. You can check these facts as obviously you did no checking before you wrote this article.