The East Hampton Town Board, having authorized a payout last month of $188,375.40 to Marguerite Wolffsohn, the planning director who retired at the end of July, voted to amend that resolution on Tuesday, citing an adjustment of her accrued vacation time based on the town’s department head employment policy.
Instead, Ms. Wolffsohn is to be paid $170,639.02 for accrued vacation and sick time, as well as prorated longevity.
According to a policy adopted in 2016, all department heads are eligible for paid vacation time in accordance with a schedule. Employees receive 15 vacation days per year through completion of four years of employment. From Jan. 1 of their fifth calendar year, they receive 20 vacation days per year. “Any carryover vacation accrual shall be limited to an overall maximum of 80 vacation days,” or 640 hours, according to the policy. “Any department head with 80 days of carryover vacation time on the effective date of this policy shall retain said 80 days of carryover vacation time, but no additional carryover vacation time will be credited during such department head’s period of employment with the town.” A department head with more than 80 days of carryover vacation time is grandfathered for that time, but no additional carryover vacation time is to be credited at the end of their employment.
Thus, Ms. Wolffsohn’s accrued vacation time was capped at 792.334 hours, adjusted from the initial calculation of 1,155.083 hours, reducing the total payout by $17,736.38