After more than seven years of not being allowed to report to duty, officer Kevin Kilpatrick has been told to come to work Monday, town officials said.
Kilpatrick, 41, was paid the entire time, collecting yearly raises and benefits. His current salary: $80,275.
Councilman Bryan Caletka said he was glad to hear the veteran officer was coming back to work. "No other company would be paying him to sit at home," he said.
The department fired Kilpatrick twice, and twice he won his job back – once from an arbitrator, once from a federal judge.
Under the 2009 settlement in the federal case, Kilpatrick was supposed to return to work and get a job behind a desk. But until now, the town refused to let him.
His attorney, Romin Currier, says the department's top brass targeted Kilpatrick after a rift developed between him and former Police Chief John George in 2003.
Kilpatrick will work behind a desk after completing some training courses, Assistant Town Attorney Tom Moss said.
He has agreed to retire in February 2014, when he is eligible to receive his full pension.
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