Hoffman Police Chief Taking Buyout

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Byline: Ashok Selvam aselvam@dailyherald.com

Hoffman Estates Police Chief Clinton Herdegen is among 10 village employees leaving their jobs before Dec. 31 in buyout agreements.

The departures are expected to save Hoffman Estates more than $1.1 million a year, based on full 2010 salary and benefits as listed on the village website.

That figure does not include the cost of the three years of health insurance the village is giving the 10 as part of the agreements.

Village officials say the buyouts will give the village flexibility as the economy thaws and it grows comfortable with new expenses, including running the Sears Centre Arena.

Herdegen's last day will be Sept. 30, ending a police career in Hoffman Estates that began

in 1981. Herdegen turned 50 in December and told Mayor William McLeod he'll soon be employed elsewhere.

"He's an outstanding citizen in our community, and I hope it works out well for him," McLeod said.

Many of the 10, including Herdegen, are close to maxing out their pension benefits. Herdegen acknowledged as much, as he's in his 29th year with the department. Pension benefits cap out after 30 years.

"This gave me an opportunity to closely review my personal situation as far as when I intend to retire," Herdegen said. "The voluntary separation plan made it more attractive" to leave at this time.

Herdegen did not want to say where he expects to work after Oct. 1. He thanked the village board and Village Manager James Norris for their support. The new police station is complete, which makes it an ideal time for his departure, he said.

The village offered buyouts to non-contract employees earlier this summer, Norris said Wednesday in an e-mail to the village staff. The village has offered it three times in the last three years. …