By Mary Smith
Weathersfield Township trustees accepted the retirement resignation of police Chief Joseph Consiglio, effective Jan. 31, but they rehired him and he will stay until Jan. 31, 2015, at 80 percent of his $55,885 salary with all other benefits intact.
The chief’s new salary at 80 percent of his current salary will be $44,700 a year. The trustees took the action Tuesday.
Consiglio said he believes the arrangement of him retiring, and then staying on as chief for a year at a reduced rate, will be beneficial to the township because they will have a savings on his reduced salary.
He added, “It [also] gives a long transition time to make things easier for the new chief.” He said there is currently no candidate to replace him under consideration.
Consiglio was appointed chief Feb. 2, 2002, after joining the department as a reserve officer in July 1984. Trustees hired him as a regular patrol officer in December of that year.
He became a detective in 1985 and was promoted to captain in 1991.
He served as a Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office deputy and detective through 1979.
He also ran unsuccessfully for county sheriff in 2004 and 2008 against then-Sheriff Thomas Altiere.
He and his wife, Nancy, have four children.
In other business, township administrator David Rouan’s contract was modified to include a 3 percent increase, received by other employees in December, to be paid in a lump sum, which will increase his salary to $51,500. His old salary was $50,000. He will also receive a $500 clothing allowance.
The township’s contract for legal services with Daniluk Law Firm of Warren was increased by $500 per month to bring the annual retainer paid to the firm to $30,000.
Trustees also approved a one-year rate of $1,250 a month for one year to update the township’s zoning codes and compliance program.
Trustees accepted the retirement of William Hewitt from the road department effective Jan. 31. Hewitt was then rehired in his same position effective Feb. 1 and will be paid 80 percent of his former hourly wage, which was $17.27 an hour. His new wage will be $13.82 an hour. All of his other benefits will be the same.