- Associated Press - Friday, August 5, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A former Providence deputy police chief who was recently appointed the new police chief in Woonsocket has received more than $133,000 in unused sick and vacation time.

Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt last month introduced Thomas Oates as the department’s new head.

WPRI-TV (https://bit.ly/2aFYMnG ) reports that records show Oates left the Providence department last week with about 242 unused sick days and 390 vacation days in his 36-year career. Upon his retirement from the city, Oates became eligible to cash out $91,389 in unused sick time and $42,017 for vacation time.

A city ordinance signed in 2013 allows a select group of mostly management-level employees to receive about $1 million in sick-time severance payments upon retirement.

The city allows all employees to cash out vacation time.

Oates declined to comment.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, https://www.wpri.com

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