Segar asks New London to uphold his settlement agreement

New London - Former Deputy Police Chief Marshall Segar has written to the city asking it to abide by a settlement agreement it made with him in January, when his one-year contract was not renewed.

Segar, a 20-year veteran of the department, said he notified City Attorney Jeffrey Londregan in March that he believes the city has breached his contract.

"I have not filed any official intent to sue,'' Segar said Tuesday. "I've asked them to honor the agreement."

He added, "Despite what's been going on, I have faith these things will work out."

In January, Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio announced a management restructuring of the police department and said Capts. Michael Lacey and William Dittman were accepting early retirement packages and Segar's contract was not being renewed.

The City Council, however, has refused to provide funding for extra benefits for all three men. The council, which controls the city finances, did not know of the agreements until after they were signed.

Dittman and Lacey have filed lawsuits alleging, among other things, that the city breached their contracts.

On Monday, the City Council met in closed session to discuss the pending litigation and the threat of litigation from Segar. The council met with the representatives of its insurance company, the Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency; Lauren Cragg, the city's risk manager; personnel director Bernadette Welch; and Londregan.

No action was taken.

Under Segar's agreement, he was set to receive a year's pay of $105,000, a year's worth of insurance coverage, a $21,000 contribution to his retirement fund and $1,000 for each year of employment, or $21,000.

The captains' agreements included their regular retirements packages and enhancements, including receiving their pay through the end of the fiscal year, June 30. In February, the checks from the city stopped, but both men continue to receive their retirements payments.

k.edgecomb@theday.com

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