Friday, November 29, 2013

Wildwood Crest authorizes $9,500 for "special outside investigator."

Something interesting is going on with the Wildwood Crest Police Department.  I've been submitting Open Public Records Act (OPRA) requests to try to find out what's going on, and this is what I've found out so far.

On October 24, 2013, the Wildwood Crest Board of Commissioners passed Resolutions 1131-13 and 1132-13, which, respectively, a) hired Joseph Beisel as a "special outside investigator for purposes of conducting an internal affairs investigation concerning employees administrative proceedings," and b) hired William G. Blaney, Esq. to perform some unspecified, but apparently related, services regarding the same investigation. Yet, according to Borough Clerk Janelle M. Holzmer's November 26, 2013 responsive e-mail "no contract was entered into for Mr. Beisel."

On November 18, 2013, the Commissioners passed Resolution 1144-13 which authorized James Fallon to act as a "special outside investigator for purposes of conducting an internal affairs investigation concerning employees administrative proceedings," apparently replacing Mr. Beisel. (Copy of the resolution and contract with Fallon are on-line here.)  The Board's decision to hire Fallon was made after the Board came out of closed (i.e. private) session and as the only item of business at the November 18, 2013 Board meeting. The resolution that authorized the Board's November 18, 2013 closed session, at the link above, states that the reason for the private meeting was to discuss "long-term administrative strategic plan." 

Anyone who has any information regarding what is really going on here may write to me at paff@pobox.com.  While I will maintain confidentiality, all are welcome to sign up for a free Hushmail account that will virtually assure anonymity.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Lawsuit: Stafford Police Sergeant alleges bias and retaliation.

On March 13, 2013, a sergeant with the Stafford Township (Ocean County) Police Department sued the Department, former Mayor James McMenamin, Township Administrator James Moran, Police Chief Joseph Giberson, III and Police Lieutenant Thomas J. Dellane for retaliating against him because he was not politically aligned with McMenamin and Giberson.

In his suit, a copy of which is on-line here (Linck v. Stafford, Docket No. OCN-L-734-13), Sergeant John L. Linck, said that he was politically aligned and allies with former Police Chiefs Thomas B. Conroy, who retired in 2010, and Larry D. Parker who retired in 2005.  He said that McMenamin, who previously was a Stafford police lieutenant, is politically aligned with Chief Giberson and that McMenamin and Giberson "were on the politically opposite sides of the fence" from Parker and Conroy.

Linck claims that after Conroy's retirement, he was transferred from his position as an administrative sergeant to working the road on the midnight shift, despite there being two sergeants with less seniority who worked the day shift. 

He further alleges that Giberson and Dellane refused to allow him to take a make-up of the "Chief's test" component of a three part exam in which he and six other officers were competing for promotion to lieutenant.  Linck claims that on the day of the "Chief's test," he was bedridden with bronchitis and influenza and that the refusal to allow a make-up was unreasonable given the fact that another officer, Michael Korpon, was allowed to take a make-up when he was ill in 2008.

Linck also claims that he was improperly given a lower evaluation than Sergeant James Vaughn even though he had ranked number one in productivity during 2012 while Vaughn scored last in productivity.  He alleges that the unfair way in which the test was scored, along with Giberson's refusal to let him take a make-up test, caused him to score seventh out of the seven candidates vying for the promotion.  He further claims that Giberson refused to evaluate his performance during the three years prior to the promotional test, causing him getting a lower score than he ought to have received.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ewing Police Sergeant, previously indicted, allowed to retire.

The July 8, 2010 Times of Trenton reported that Ewing Police Sergeant Edward DeBoskey was indicted for official misconduct and theft by deception for allegedly loafing at a private home instead of supervising street patrols.

Today, through an Open Public Records Act request, I was able to determine that on September 24, 2012, DeBoskey and Ewing agreed that DeBoskey would be allowed to retire after being allowed to receive the one month credit he needed to acquire his 20 years of service.  The settlement agreement is on-line here.

According to DataUniverse, DeBoskey, whose final salary was $109,505 is receiving an annual pension of $54,752.64.