The Cornwall Police Services Board is spending $175,000 to buy out banked sick time for senior officers.
The board announced Wednesday it reached an agreement with members of the service's so-called "senior officers association" - a group of about a half dozen civilians and high-ranking officers.
A new policy agreed to by the police board and the associaiton prohibits the ability to bank unused sick time year over year, only to have it paid out prior to retirement.
But, the existing sick time still on the books had to be acocunted for, and was paid for, in cash, to the members of the association when they reached agreement with the police board at the end of December.
Pat Finucan, the newly-elected chair of the police board, told Seaway News it was a case of paying the $175,000 now, or potentialy paying even more later.
"In some respects it was very much an unfunded liability," said Finucan.
The rank and file members of the Cornwall Police Association, which includes officers on the road, have about $2 million owing to them in unused sick time.
Finucan is unsure how the police board will proceed in dealing with that figure.
"We'll consider that when we do our review of that agreement," he said.