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Township Solicits Candidates for Public Safety Director

Decision has yet to be made whether the Committee will replace retired chief with a public safety director or new chief

Lacey Township has placed an advertisement with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities for a public safety director to lead the Police Department, although a decision has yet to be made regarding which direction the Committee will choose to replace retired Chief of Police William Nally, Mayor David Most said.

“We’re looking at options right now. We’re doing due diligence. We have the opportunity where a chief retired. We’ll use the vetting process, and we’ll do what’s good for Lacey Township,” Most said.

Public safety director is just an “option,” and the township will be interviewing potential candidates, Most said.

“We’re just seeing the latest and greatest and what’s working and what’s not working. We have to go through that process. We have to interview,” he said.

The advertisement for Public Safety Director states that the township is accepting applications until Friday, Feb. 8, anticipating filling the position by Monday, April 1.

According to the job listing, which was posted on Jan. 11, candidates must possess the following qualifications:

Minimum 20 years’ experience with a law enforcement agency in New Jersey maintaining a table of organization, which includes 45 or more sworn law enforcement officers; minimum 15 years’ law enforcement supervisory experience; minimum 5 years’ experience as chief or director of a law enforcement agency in New Jersey; or commensurate experience with a law enforcement entity; must display excellent communications skills and the ability to maintain a harmonious relationship between the Police Department, emergency service squads and the community. 

Although the township has received inquiries regarding the position, dating back to Nally’s announcement for retirement, no applications have been submitted, Township Administrator and Municipal Clerk Veronica Laureigh said.

To hire a public safety director, the township would have to create the position by passing an ordinance, she previously said.

With all options on the table, the township has yet to begin the process necessary to replace Nally with a traditional chief, Laureigh said.

“Obviously we have some highly qualified individuals in the police department,” Most said. “It’s just an opportunity to look at options. That’s our job as a Committee, to do the best for Lacey Township. We’re not pushing for the public safety director.”

To move forward with a police chief, the township could call for a civil service exam, which is not required, for all qualified lieutenants and captains, Laureigh said. Otherwise, they can promote the most qualified candidate.

If a civil service exam is issued, based on the test, the Township Committee would choose to appoint a chief from the three candidates with the highest scores, she previously said.

From those three, the committee can conduct interviews, selecting the best for the position, she said. The committee must be able to justify why the other two candidates was not selected.

Nally announced his retirement in a letter to the Committee on Nov. 19.  Capt. David Paprota was temporarily appointed as Officer in Charge on Jan. 10.

johnnyboy January 17, 2013 at 04:51 PM
the water guy has been out of the police game far too long to assume a ps director position...his Knowledge, skills and ability have deteriorated being reitred for almost 24yrs...not the right choice Report Year December 2011 Name jk Year of Birth 1946 Retire Cause Service Final Agency STATE POLICE ENLISTED PRSNNL Fund Name SPRS - State Police Retirement System Retire Date 1988-11 Final Avg. Salary $53,648 Months of Service 240 Retire Type MEMBER Monthly Pension $2,235.33 Monthly COLA $1,094.98 Monthly Supplemental $0.00 Monthly Allowance $3,330.31 Annual Pension $39,963.72
Robert Yates January 17, 2013 at 08:45 PM
You are welcome to that belief, but demographics are demographics and human nature is human nature. Both cross state lines fairly easily. In support of your argument though, I can say that concealed carry was very prevalent in NH (hence assisting in its very low violent crime rate), whereas here the state forbids you from defending yourself outside of your home, so that would be a factor in favor of more police since here we are encouraged and forced to rely on public agents for our personal safety.
Tip Semone January 18, 2013 at 10:22 AM
How about Freeholder John P. Kelly. If he can run for Sheriff, he can run a small PD like Lacey.
Giant fan January 18, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Robert, I'm glad we agree that many factors must be taken into consideration to determine how best to provide safety to the residents of Lacey. We must find a happy medium between want and need. Certainly the mindset of the residents and the policy's of the state are major factors to consider when determining how to staff our police department.
proud January 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM
Goog idea. Right about now he could probably need a cash infusion and an extra pension or two never hurts.

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