Broke Govt – Police Chief is paid $442,000 but is due $1.24 million upon retirement

  • Chief Thomas Cummings leads the Southampton Village force in the Hamptons
  • Cummings, 57, is paid $442,000 but is due $1.24 million upon retirement
  • His base salary is $264,000 but draws an additional $230k in overtime/benefits
  • Southampton has a population of 3,000 and hasn’t had a murder since 2008
  • Salary is more than NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea’s $239,000-a-year

A police officer from the tiny New York village of Southampton who makes almost half-a-million dollars annually is set for a million dollar payout once he finally retires.

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Chief Thomas Cummings who leads the force of 30 officers in the Hamptons on Long Island’s east end pulled in almost $442,000 in 2020 when holiday pay, retirement benefits and healthcare are taken into account.

But even the chief’s base pay of $264,000 is greater than that of NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea of $239,000 who commands a force of 36,000 sworn officer in New York City, home to more than 8 million residents. At last count, Southampton was home to just over 3,000 villagers.

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It’s not clear what factors go into deciding the chief’s salary but crime in the wealthy Hampton’s locations is virtually non-existent. The quaint village hasn’t had a murder since 2008.


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