Retired Fairfield chief seeking workers’ comp pursues police job
Published 9:57 pm, Wednesday, November 2, 2016
FAIRFIELD — At the same time he is seeking workers’ compensation, retired Fire Chief Richard Felner also wants to be hired as a special police officer.
Felner filed the workers’ comp claim at the end of September, just a few days shy of the statutory deadline, and on Oct. 3, the town filed a denial of that claim.
Human Resources director Emmet Hibson confirmed that Felner, 78 who retired on Oct. 1, 2015 after 55 years with the department, has applied for a special police officer’s job.
“He has a conditional offer that requires, among other items, medical clearance to perform the functions of the position,” Hibson said. “At this time Mr. Felner has not been given a final offer.”
In his workers’ comp claim, Felner cited injury to both knees from “repetitive lifting, bending, twisting, climbing, walking and multiple individual traumas” on various dates during his employment with the Fire Department.
“The town has filed the appropriate paperwork to object to his being granted workers comp,” First Selectman Mike Tetreau said. “The workers comp filing is the reason his offer as a special police officer is conditional. It is conditional on his passing a physical exam.”
Felner receives a pension of $126,776 per year. Special officers receive a pay rate of $14.01 per hour.
Per the Police Department’s website, special police officers are not certified and do not have arrest powers. They’re work includes parking enforcement at the beaches, train stations and downtown; security at the train stations and beaches; community policing patrols downtown: and traffic details.
The job is part-time and applicants must be at least 21 years old, a U.S. Citizen, have a high school diploma or GED, a valid driver’s license, no arrests or convictions for a felony or class A or B misdemeanor and “meet other qualifications required by the Fairfield Police Department.”