Trial date set for dispute over ex-Dracut police chief’s pay


DRACUT — A trial date has been set for the dispute between the town of Dracut and former Police Chief Kevin Richardson over nearly $8,000.

Both parties will head to trial on Jan. 3, 2018 in Lowell District Court.

“I’m looking forward to resolving this once and for all,” Town Manager Jim Duggan said.

A message was left Thursday for Richardson’s lawyer, Dennis R. Cormier.

Back in August, a court-ordered mediation in the Fifth Session courtroom of Lowell District Court failed.

“Good faith effort. Nothing’s been resolved,” Duggan said at the time after leaving the courthouse. “Good faith effort on everyone’s parts.”

Richardson retired last July after 34 years with the department, and was paid $21,308 for unused sick time. In September, the former police official demanded an additional $7,759 for unused personal days and compensatory time.

“If said payment is not received in my office on or before September 20, 2016, it is Chief Kevin Richardson’s intention to file a complaint with the Massachusetts’ Attorney General’s Office and request the attorney general’s assent to initiate a civil action against (Town Manager Jim Duggan) and (the) Town of Dracut,” Cormier wrote in a Sept. 6, 2016 letter to the town.

The town refused, on grounds that town bylaws do not entitle employees to payouts for unused personal days and comp time.

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