Congratulations to Dennis Piendak on your retirement windfall. You negotiated a superb contract with the town of Dracut in exchange for your service as town manager!
I do wonder if maybe you should have used more of your vacation time during your employment with the town. The purpose of vacation time is to be able to temporarily step away from job responsibility’s, rest, clear your mind of work related stress, and handle any personal or family matters if need be and recharge your batteries. Doing so allows one to be more effective at work and prevents job burnout.
I do believe that use of vacation time should be mandatory for those reasons alone. Vacation time should be of a “use it or lose it” policy. The buyback of vacation time should be restricted to only unused vacation time of the current year of termination/retirement.
Sick time should be handled in a similar manner,carryover unused time should be capped at a set amount.
It is there only for use in the event that you get sick. I like to think of sick time more like an insurance policy in that if you never have a claim to file by being sick, you are not entitled to receiving all of the town’s premium payments back.
So Mr. Dennis Piendak, again congratulations on both your retirement and your windfall!
Now,on to whomever it was that allowed such a contract to be approved, you should be ashamed of yourself.
You put the town of Dracut in a tough place financially and it is things just like this that causes additional tax burdens on the residents of the town of Dracut.
Until the folks who allow such things to happen are held accountable, the good people of Dracut will continue to pay ever higher taxes without any benefit for the town.
Dennis Piendak has done nothing wrong legally, morally, well that might be a different story however it cannot be changed. I’ll let him wrestle that one with his own conscious.
I believe the headlines should not have been about Dennis Piendak but rather about those who allowed such a thing to happen.I for one would like to know who those people were.