Commission approves extra pay after grievance

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Police-badgeNAUGATUCK — Sgt. Derek Poundstone of the Naugatuck Police Department has been paid an extra $4,900 after filing a grievance claiming he was owed the money for filling in as shift commander.

According to the grievance filed in May, Poundstone acted as commander of the overnight shift while its former commander, Lt. Bryan Cammarata, was reassigned to day shift to become the administrative lieutenant. According to the police union contract, sergeants earn lieutenant pay when they fill in for a lieutenant who is absent for longer than 30 consecutive days.

Poundstone claimed he was owed lieutenant pay from Oct. 24, 2012, to Jan. 14 of this year, and again from Feb. 26, 2013 to March 25, 2013.

Police Chief Christopher Edson and Human Resources Director John Lawlor denied the grievance, sending it to the police commission. The commission approved it last month after an executive session.