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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF AMHERST TO CONTINUE THE EMPLOYMENT OF WALTER (TIM) NELSON

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, town of Amherst fire chief Walter Nelson may continue to serve in such position until reaching the age of 70; provided, however, that he is mentally and physically capable of performing the duties of the position. The town manager may, at the expense of Walter Nelson, require him to be examined by an impartial physician designated by the town manager to determine such capability. Walter Nelson’s employment shall continue until he reaches the age of 70, the date of his retirement or his non-reappointment or termination, whichever occurs first; provided, however, that he is mentally and physically capable of performing the duties of the position.

SECTION 2.  No further deductions shall be made from the regular compensation of fire chief Walter Nelson under chapter 32 of the General Laws for any service performed subsequent to his reaching the age of 65. Upon the retirement from the office of fire chief, Walter Nelson shall receive a superannuation retirement allowance equal to that to which he would have been entitled had he retired upon reaching age 65, if any.

SECTION 3.  This act shall not entitle Walter Nelson to remain in service to the town of Amherst if otherwise removed or suspended from office in accordance with applicable laws, rules and regulations.

SECTION 4.  This act shall take effect upon its passage.

Approved, April 28, 2022.