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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.

Dan Gleasack November 29, 2012 at 02:48 AM
your right. lacey should hire two civilians to run the police. civilians are better than police cuz they have nothing to prove. i would like to run the police and im a civilian. maybe we could run it together me and you. im game if you are.
Dan Gleasack November 29, 2012 at 02:56 AM
i can do it i sweer. i have street smarts and have had runins with the popo my hole life. i would be a good topcop if i can just hav a chance.
Dan Gleasack November 29, 2012 at 03:02 AM
can u plese tell me where i can take the civil service test to be the next cheif of lacey. i think i wood be good for this town. i have streeet smarts and will work for small pay. is ther online way to apply??? please let me no. will i have to get my ged first? what r the reqirrements?? any help is aprechiated
proud November 29, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Inthoughtbyou Cheifvsaidblast year that any rumor of his leaving was false it was either atva budget or regular TC meeting.
O C Tim November 29, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Realist civil service? really? do you have any idea how much nepotism is involved? do you think that because you scored no 1 that youd get the job? sorry it really doesnt work that way what is the Real reason for this article I for one think the taxpayers who are paying deserve the TRUTH
Giant fan November 29, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Realist, Well said.
Robert Yates November 29, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Enough with the melodramatic rants that try to pit those who are seeking a bit of fiscal sanity against all that is good and virtuous in the Lacey Township police force. There are two side to every coin. You know it is possible to be in favor of a quality police force that pays its officers well while at the same time seeking to save the town money by encouraging citizens and their neighbors to take a more active role in their own safety hence reducing the number of required patrol officers and overall police presence. No one is saying that police officers do not face difficult circumstances at times and no one is saying that they should not be paid a fair compensation package. What we are saying (or at least what I am saying) is that Lacey Township is by and large populated by decent people that do not regularly violate one another's person and property. Obviously this does happen sometimes, but it is not a huge problem. As a result, the number of officers and the pay they receive should be commensurate with the locality they work in and the risk they are taking. This risk is relatively low in Lacey Township. There is obviously a risk (there always is in police work and officers sign up to take this risk) but it is low. Seeking to shift responsibility for safety from the public to the private does not make one anti-cop. It makes them a good steward of tax payer dollars while encouraging personal responsibility.
lacey voter November 29, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Wonder why the people footing the bill are kept in the dark..No mention of "voluntary retirement" at the last meeting. COVER UP
O'Connor November 29, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Please do not confuse O C Tim with me.  I believe that Chief Nally has been a huge asset to Lacey Township. He will be missed. Tim O'Connor
Denis November 29, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Where do I begin ? Morale on our Police Department is at the lowest ever. The Chief was no where to be found during the Hurricane. I don't thinkn I heard him thank his officers and support personnel for the great job they did during that crisis. Kudo's to all of the rank and file of the Lacey Police Department, Dispatchers, EMS, Fire Companies, etc. for the awesome support you gave. Probably better without you Chief. The Chief was no where to be found during the later Snowstorm. The Chief has not fought hard for additional officers. Even though we have had financial woes like every other town across the nation, other towns have been able to justify the need for more Police. This was his job and he failed miserably at it. The town has grown significantly over the past 10 years. The LPD has not hired any additional police officers in over 5 years. Has he made a lame attempt at pushing for more officers? Sure he has, but under the guise of him getting himself a nice pay raise. This town is a great town to live in, raise a family and work in, but...crime has increased sharply over the years. While we haven't been infested with Gangs as yet, you do know that they are well aware of which towns are keeping up their departments and which are stagnant. The Chief obviously has a political agenda. Hope his local "acquaintances" don't ruin that future for him. Sorry Chief, I liked you when you first came in, but lost respect for you over the years.
O C Tim November 29, 2012 at 09:24 PM
The town is broke The town is broke due to the friends and family plan run by the tc The Tc is the folks who give out the contracts The Tc is the one who continues to give out 2% contracts which in turn raises TAXES EVERY YEAR If the town employees think they can get a better "deal" feel free You want more cops on the street? Implement Le Tellier plan but that aint gonna happen because it goes against the friends and family plan
frank rizzo November 30, 2012 at 12:21 AM
its easy to see which people on this thread are kissing up hoping to receive that pba to skip tickets card
Silver dollar November 30, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I read where people are writing the town gave a 2 % increase . Is that not fair when they give it to App 114 total employees . And those employees are looking at App 700 employees who got a 2 % increase which raise taxes ever year also in our school system . The town gets 14% of our tax money and the schools get 63% the town has a payroll of app 5 million and the schools 50 million with benefits . There are 33 towns in ocean county and 29 of them pay more in local taxes then Lacey The town is who you see and the schools are the hidden ones stop the schools from spending so much of your taxes . The schools just posted a million and half surplus and raised the schools lunches .Then showed a profit if 75 thousand dollars at the last school board board meeting in there food service fund and raised taxes higher than then the town and ocean county
roger November 30, 2012 at 02:48 AM
another one swept under the rug
Dan Gleasack November 30, 2012 at 03:14 AM
what is an excutive session?????
buzzard November 30, 2012 at 01:02 PM
First off the Town is NOT Broke, the taxpayers are !! Contract was agreed upon by TC you have to live w it just like the new one, BROKE YOU SAY ,YEA RIGHT!!! Secondly Nally is the CEO he is to be heard when need be and outta the picture the remainder, We have a CAPTAIN for A Reason? Several LEIUTS AND SARGENTS for the Real Police work, from what I just read they are Paid WELL to Perform these duties. Nally was A Good Chief not a Spokesmodel like the TR guy, everyday in the paper (Ego). The TC is to blame for this bloated position which Nally has ,it is not his fault he did what he was ASKED of and was a damn near 30yr Vet show the man some Respect something his fellow teamates have yet to Learn? Sounded like a mutiny occured this happens in todays society w/ Prof anymosity and jealousy at an All time high.
O C Tim November 30, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Mr Moss there needs to be a salary cap for township workers ie pd dpw we know you dont like the schools we get it The only reason taxes are lower here Mr Moss is because of the plant. Funny thing I dont think the town is getting the help from Christie they thought at replacing the old nuke plant
Robert Yates November 30, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Re: Conscious: With Nally's retirement, I believe the force is at 39 full time officers with 4 special officers. I see what you are saying and if it was a foregone conclusion that taxes will never go down, I would agree that we should get the most bang for our buck. But surely we can demand that our taxes go down if services are reduced or eliminated. I think the proportion of officers to population varies widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, though I'd bet there is a mathematical formula somewhere that the police unions use during negotiations. I do know that NJ has the highest police presence per capita in the US and probably in the entire world, and neither this state nor the US are commensurately considered the safest places as one would expect.This suggests that more cops are not the answer. My main point throughout this thread is that people need to get away from the idea that someone else will take care of them. They need to take care of themselves and those close to them. Re: Denis: I highly doubt gangs browse the internet looking for a decrease in the proportion of cops per capita, but maybe your are right. Either way, if they know there is a pretty good chance their criminal activity will be met by neighborhood resistance, they will likely seek easier targets in the future. We need to refocus our preferences on a more private community oriented solution rather than an atomized public oriented solution, which we can no longer afford.
Mantle November 30, 2012 at 06:59 PM
It's funny that everyone in town knows what happened and why he is leaving yet it's not showing up here. Just keep sweeping it away like it never happened.
Mantle November 30, 2012 at 07:18 PM
It's amazing how quickly the comments pointing out the path to the truth are being deleted. Just keep asking what did he do and you will find out. Just don't ask it here because the answer will be deleted.
Elaine Piniat (Editor) November 30, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Mantle, we cannot have allegations posted as comments. It goes against our Terms of Use, which can be found here: http://lacey.patch.com/terms. I am looking into the situation.
buzzard December 01, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Dont even stoop to Mantles level, Please, Forked Rumour Mill is swrlin harder than Hurricane Sandy, Yea we all heard it big deal, A friend helpin a friend U would do the same and more in his spot. How many more idiots gonna bash the Chief?? Most r losers who are a JOKE in life. Nally = WINNING/LOYALTY/SOLID LAY THE SMACK DOWN CHIEF!!!!!!!
larry December 02, 2012 at 08:31 AM
What's going to happen to taxes when the power plant closes an I would really like to know the true story about the chief if so many people know why not let it get posted on this site
O C Tim December 02, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Elaine What have you found out? Start with why would it take 2 hours in executive session ?
grace December 02, 2012 at 05:30 PM
seriously buzzard is right.who cares people!!! the fact is a great man/ chief is retiring..now honor him with the respect he has earned as an honorable man and chief of police....
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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