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Interviews to Begin for Public Safety Director Candidates

Local PBA supports the promotion of Capt. David Paprota to Chief of Police

The time to submit an application for Public Safety Director has closed and the township is currently examining applications, Township Administrator and Municipal Clerk Veronica Laureigh said.

Resumes for the position were accepted through Feb. 8. There were 20 applicants, Laureigh said. The township has yet to set a date to begin interviews of candidates before selecting a leader for the retired William Nally.

However, the township has not yet decided whether to go with a civilian public safety director, a police director or a police chief, promoted from within the department, Mayor David Most said.

“We just got the applications,” he said.

Reviewing applications for the position of Public Safety Director is part of the “vetting process” and the township will select the individual who is “most qualified” and the “best fit” for the job and Lacey, Most said.

Most has previously said that those who applied for the position are “highly qualified.”

The sooner the township can make a decision, the better, he said, as the township doesn’t want a large time-lapse without a solidified leader.

A Public Safety Director would head the police department as well as all the emergency services. Interviews with officials from municipalities with a director acknowledge the position has limitations that may pose difficulties, although the choice to go with a director largely depends on the needs of a municipality at the time.

Since Nally’s retirement, Capt. David Paprota has been named Officer in Charge.

“The PBA (Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 238) supports the promotion of Captain Paprota to Chief of Police,” President Keith Pearce said. “Captain Paprota is well qualified and is already a leader as the top ranking officer in the police department.”

4Liberty February 19, 2013 at 10:57 AM
Is it me or is there a reason that a new Ocean County Sheriff has yet to be named. Its strange that the requirement for this position matches a very selected few or one. We all know how a certain freeloader wants to be sheriff, but faces a challenge from a highly qualified chief of police. However, an active chief would have had to be retired for at least 6 months prior to taking a position as police director according to pension rules. However, change the title and job duties to public safety director? Is the Lacey Committee using this position to benefit our community or trading political favors? Interviewing applicants for apposition that does not exist makes sense. To create the position they must amend the ordnances which would require two reading and public comments. The open public records act allows the public to view the qualifications of these applicants. We are also entitled to know their names.
lacey voter February 19, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Parker and gilmore have not decided yet
Ronald Fletcher Stephensen February 19, 2013 at 01:01 PM
Forked River Piney February 19, 2013 at 02:53 PM
Friends and Family Plan alive and well
Robert Yates February 19, 2013 at 03:06 PM
If this committee ends up passing an ordinance to set up a Director of Public Safety and then goes out and hires someone for $100K plus, I hope the citizens of Lacey will act swiftly to vote these people out of office when their terms expire. The spending must stop but it will not until there are repercussions.
proud February 19, 2013 at 03:49 PM
It would appear that there is already a solidified leader in place. What the committee should be concentrating on is how they will handle their payroll as the tax base diminishes with the upcoming remapping in the flood plain areas. With budget season upon us, a very pertinent line item will be the amount reserved for uncollected taxes. With already unacceptable foreclosure rates and an onslaught of tax appeals looming, the Committee is going to be faced with hard decisions. For the mayor to dismiss this reality by simply advising residents to be "smart" and elevate their homes does not address the practicality of doing so. It many cases,that solution is either not economically and/or logistically feasible. The net effect will result in an unprecedented economic downturn . www.stopfemanow.com
joe09 February 19, 2013 at 05:46 PM
Why are they making this harder than it has to be?? Make the Captain the new Chief. The position of Public Safety Director is going to cause an up roar not only by the citizens but by the chiefs and captains of the local first aid and fire departments. I just don't understand their reasoning and I'm afraid there are possible shady business happening here.
Robert Yates February 19, 2013 at 06:32 PM
proud is exactly right. I endorse him for the open committee seat.
Forked River Piney February 19, 2013 at 07:14 PM
"I'm afraid there are possible shady business happening here." no really? home of the no bid contract led by Happy Gilmore
proud February 19, 2013 at 10:30 PM
@ Robert Yates, I certainly appreciate the endorsement, though the amount travel time that is required of me would simply not allow that, even if I were so inclined.
Backtwo February 20, 2013 at 01:04 AM
Public Safety Director, really. Towns people should look into what a PSD can and cannot do. Take a good look at what establishment would have control over the PD.
GP1234 February 20, 2013 at 01:47 AM
Why isnt Paprota given as much attention as this police/public safety director idea? THAT...is a slap in the face to his dedication and years of service to the department and community. Furthermore, promoting from within is the most cost effective move. Why aren't they saying what the salary difference is between what he makes now and what he would make as chief? Im assuming what...$15,000 tops? I highly doubt that any of the 20 candidates will do the job for $15,000 or less. It's looking more like 10 times that amount. Besides...many of the other tows that have experimented with a police/public safety director...have gone back to having a chief. Im hoping much more press time is given to Paprota...as this appears to be a very unfair fight. Lacey council....do the right thing for once...listen to the people...and make it CHIEF PAPROTA!!!!!!
LT Guy February 20, 2013 at 06:05 AM
Joe, How long have you lived in Lacey? There is no "possible" here. It's my understanding that the requirements for this position were tailored to fit one person. That person is not the Oliver Hardy look alike from Little Egg Harbor, but heaven help us if Georgie Boy throws his weight around again and puts that loser in place here. If the people don't rise up and throw out Georgie's robots after that, there is no hope.
Forked River is full of Pineys February 20, 2013 at 11:47 AM
GP can you give one example of when the TC listened to the ppl? LeTellier gave the Tc a plan to save money They are not interested in saving the tax payers money. They are only interested in the Friends and Family for votes plan
Kristen Lee Marcus February 20, 2013 at 05:46 PM
I doubt any applicant is more qualified than Capt Paprota,
John February 21, 2013 at 01:47 AM
What are you afraid of Joe..., that Lacey First Aid (& also Lanoka EMS with some) would have to be accountable? Stop there voilations of the bylaws, the command and members get the correct training, stop the harrassment of gays members (oh ya you ran him off), picking and choosing who can and can't be members..., ya I can understand what the up roar would be the accountablity would be an awful thing!! Gee, I wonder how long this will take to be deleted...,
John February 21, 2013 at 01:51 AM
I can tell you..., Parpota doesn't play ball with the powers in thsi town & county!!
John February 21, 2013 at 01:51 AM
iknow February 21, 2013 at 02:10 AM
There are very few people in the State of NJ who are as qualified for the job as Paprota. COST TO PROMOTE PAPROTA: $7,500.00 a year.. COST TO HIRE A DIRECTOR: $100,000.00 +/- a year... Is it anymore obvious than this?
GP1234 February 21, 2013 at 05:33 AM
Both the ocean county chiefs of police association and the PBA need to aggressively fight this....cant hurt to start a petition too...
GP1234 February 21, 2013 at 07:10 AM
thank you.....thats what i figured...
JOHNNY Done it February 22, 2013 at 04:39 AM
When you are in control of writing specs out for a position & the TC already have someone in mind.They can custom tailor it to fit that person then he becomes the most qualified . Probably useless but a ball player..Look at the Contract for storm clean up ..No lobbying was done? Gilmore works for ASBRITT it was in the APP Is he stupid for being associated with them or our we dumb to keep voting his Sheep In .Wake up people......
GP1234 February 22, 2013 at 05:39 AM
uh huh...paprota will have an excellent case then...
JOHNNY Done it February 26, 2013 at 02:58 AM
Take alook at the police dept web site .In the the short time the Capt has been running things improvements.. Nally .... parker & Georges robot Should be refunding the town some of his pay...For what he didn't do Paprota for chief . we don't need a publc stooley director...we need criminal crackdown, not a political party hoedown...
GP1234 February 26, 2013 at 06:51 AM
very impressive website...professional and informative...i noticed may of the posts are from paprota himself
JOHNNY Done it February 26, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Yes it is impressive, I wonder why it wasn't done early...Now that's community policing ,, keep the community informed ,There best tips come from the public..Hope it keeps going


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