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Lacey's Chief of Police Announces Retirement

After eight years as chief of police, William Nally will be retiring, effective Monday, Dec. 31

Chief of Police William Nally will be retiring at the end of this year, according to committeeman and police liaison Gary Quinn.

Nally submitted a letter to Township Administrator and Municipal Clerk Veronica Laureigh on Nov. 19, announcing his retirement, effective Monday, Dec. 31.

The letter states that Nally has electronically filed the appropriate forms with the New Jersey Division of Pension and Benefits.

“I would like to thank you both personally and professionally for your support and confidence throughout my career,” Nally says in the letter. “It has been a pleasure to work for and with you for many years. You are a true professional.”

Nally has been eligible for retirement for three years, said Mayor Mark Dykoff, adding that he was “close” to the police chief. Nally was appointed as chief approximately nine years ago, when Dykoff was elected to the Committee.

“It’s something he thought about for many years,” he said of Nally's retirement.

Nally has served as president of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, which Dykoff sees as a major career feat, he said.

“That was a goal he wanted to achieve,” he said. “It’s quite an achievement for a chief from Ocean County much less Forked River. Now it’s time to move on.”

Although Nally was eligible to retire, the move was surprising, Quinn said.

“It came to us without us having a lot of knowledge of it,” he said.

The committee will discuss potential options moving forward in the Executive Session of the township meeting on Thursday, Dec. 13, he said. Once a decision is made, the committee will make an announcement publicly.

The committee, with the help of Nally, will have to discuss how it’s going to “reconfigure” its command staff, Dykoff said.

“I would love for him to stay on. He’ll be very hard to replace,” Dykoff said. “He’s a true professional. It’s been a pleasure working with him.”

According to Nally’s profile on the Lacey Township Police Department’s website, he has been a resident of Lacey since 1974 and began his career in law enforcement with the township in February of 1985.

Prior to becoming chief of police in 2004, Nally served as executive officer, Patrol Division commander and Investigative Division commander.

Nally earned a master of science degree in Criminal Justice from Saint Joseph’s University in 1994 and a bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Saint Francis College in 1985.

He is a 1999 graduate of the FBI National Academy, 197th Session, and Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff & Command. He is a Certified Public Manager and is also certified by the N.J. State Association of Chiefs of Police as a Chief Law Enforcement Executive. Nally also serves as Lacey Township’s Emergency Management Coordinator.

As of Nov. 23, 2010, Nally made $132,832. His longevity was at $13,283.20 with holiday pay at $8,992. At that time, the total cost to the township was $184,696.29 including longevity, insurances and Social Security.

Nally did not immediately return calls for comment.

grace December 02, 2012 at 05:31 PM
as far as taxes go they will be going up and not just here but everywhere so close the DANGEROUS plant and get over it
Giant fan December 02, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Tim, Possibly because of hurricane sandy which seriously damaged the town. There might have been any number of issues such as FEMA that they might have had to discuss Also all things being equal they might very well have been discussing the retirement of Chief Nally, what would you expect. Either make a point or end it. And if Elaine won't print it here just come to the next Twsp meeting and ask them personally.
O C Tim December 02, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Giant Fan ask who ? the TC? lol one was surprised the other said he knew nice try with the executive session being about Sandy What would be nice is THE TRUTH Are you on the friends and family plan?
Sick and Tired December 06, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Breaking APP news: http://m.app.com/topstories/article?a=2012312050117&f=244 Article says Chief Nally was "under investigation" but doesn't elaborate. Now that it is common knowledge that he was being investigated, what are the allegations? What did you find out Elaine? Have you interviewed Mayor Dyckoff? He seems to know the details. Curious.
CONCERNED MOM January 18, 2013 at 12:06 AM
How can the taxpayers of this town truly find out why he has retired? Many of us still do not know and have not heard the rumors. . .

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