Windsor Locks to pay police sergeant $460,000 in labor dispute

Robert Koistinen. (File)

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH) – The Windsor Locks police commission has agreed to pay a police sergeant $460,000 who was found not guilty of hindering the drunk driving investigation of his son, who was also a police officer in Windsor Locks.

The payment to Robert Koistinen, a 33 year veteran of the department, still must be approved by town officials.  In October of 2010, Koistinen’s son Michael Koistinen hit and killed 15 year old Henry Dang who was riding a bicycle.  Michael Koistenen was drunk, and is currently serving a five-year prison sentence. He was off duty at the time of the accident.

Robert Koistinen was fired and charged with hindering the prosecution, but was found not guilty.  The state labor board decided he should get his job back.  The settlement was broken down in a news release from the Windsor Locks Police Commission.  “It is time to put this sad and tragic event behind us and move on as a department and town.  This proposed settlement pays Robert Koistinen back pay from January 2013 to April 1, 2015 in the amount of $265,000, an amount the town is legally obligated to pay.  It also includes a waiver of all claims, past and future, which include accrued vacation time and sick time totaling $195,000.  This would bring the total settlement amount to $460,000.”


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