Tuesday, August 23, 2016

North Hanover's new police chief topped overtime charts in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

A recent Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request to North Hanover Township (Burlington County) revealed that the newly sworn police chief, Theodore Wells, made more overtime than any other Township officer in 2013, 2014 and 2015. 

Chief Wells has been in the news (here and here) after the Libertarian Party's NJ Civil Settlements blog reported on August 12, 2016 that he had twice been involved in lawsuits that were resolved by confidential settlement agreements.

According to an Excel file disclosed by North Hanover Acting Clerk Mary Picariello today, Wells earned an average of $25,945.57 per year in overtime over the three year period.  Patrolman Richard A. Mellor had the next highest average annual overtime earnings of $14,888.40.  Wells' total compensation for 2015 was $107,691.55.

Acting Clerk Picariello also disclosed a PDF file showing the rank of each police employee in 2013, 2014 and 2015 as well as the dates that those employees changed rank or separated from employment.