Township Considering Options to Replace Retiring Nally

Prosecutor's Office confirms probe

The Township Committee will discuss Thursday in executive session how to proceed following police Chief William Nally’s impending retirement.

After serving the Lacey Township Police Department for nearly 28 years, Nally, 49, announced his retirement in a Nov. 19 letter to Township Administrator and Municipal Clerk Veronica Laureigh.

Nally’s retirement will be effective Monday, Dec. 31, although he is currently on scheduled leave and may be until then, Laureigh said. Although Nally is technically on leave, he has still been in and out of the police department to complete administrative work.

“He’s still the boss,” Laureigh said.

The committee has yet to discuss potential options moving forward, Mayor Mark Dykoff said, and will do so Thursday.

“Everything is on the table,” he said.

The committee will consider options such as a new chief of police, a public safety director, restructuring and even shared services, he said. The township also will be looking into how other towns run their police departments.

A decision may not be made by the township’s reorganization meeting on Jan. 1.

“We want to make a decision as soon as possible but we’re not in rush. We want to make the right decision for the township,” he said.

The township would like to hire more police officers, he said, which may also be considered once Nally retires.

“We have to look at the budget,” he said. “It’s going to be a difficult year because of the storm and the costs incurred. We have to see how much money we have.”

If the township decides to appoint a new chief of police, potential candidates —qualified sergeants, lieutenants and captains — would take a civil service exam, Laureigh said.

Based on the test, the Township Committee would choose to appoint a chief from the three candidates with the highest scores, she 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.

To hire a public safety director, the township would have to create the position by passing an ordinance, she said. The township would then advertise for the position and conduct interviews.

“It depends what the committee is in favor of,” committeeman and police liaison Gary Quinn said.

If the committee was interested in hiring a public safety director, it would consider someone with a law enforcement background, such as from the New Jersey State Police, he said.

According to Chief Financial Officer Adrian Fanning, Nally’s final salary for 2012 is $135,489. His longevity pay for the year will total $13,449 and holiday pay $9,172. His health benefits for 2012 cost $20,637, of which he contributes $3,870.

Laureigh will not know the official payout of vacation or sick time until after Dec. 31, she said. Nally could qualify for up to $20,000 in unused sick time.

The state will certify his pension, she said.

Prosecutor’s Office Probe

The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed that Nally was the subject of a recent investigation conducted by its office.

The focus of the investigation and its outcome could not be discerned, as the Prosecutor’s Office declined comment and denied requests for records that could be related to the investigation.

Dykoff did not confirm the investigation when asked in November, although he did so with another area newspaper. But he did say, “Public officials are often subjected to accusations that prove to be unfounded.”

Dykoff could not say whether the investigation was ongoing.

Laureigh’s offices had no part in the investigation and had no communication with the prosecutor’s office regarding an investigation, she said.

“No one contacted my offices for files or documents or questioning,” she said.

Nally has been eligible for retirement for three years, Dykoff previously said.

He had been considering retirement for several years, although the abrupt decision did catch Quinn by surprise, he said.

“I never got any calls from the prosecutors office or Attorney General’s Office regarding the chief,” Quinn said. “There are a lot of rumors out there. I don’t even know what’s true or not true. I’m not aware of an investigation myself.”

Nally did not return requests for comment.

travis bickle December 12, 2012 at 12:21 PM
No chief is the best finacial option....didnt you learn anything from this absent chief
good ole boy December 12, 2012 at 01:29 PM
This tells you all you need to know The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office has confirmed that Nally was the subject of a recent investigation conducted by its office. The focus of the investigation and its outcome could not be discerned, as the Prosecutor’s Office declined comment and denied requests for records that could be related to the investigation "
grace December 12, 2012 at 02:19 PM
public safety director not a bad idea
VoiceofReason December 12, 2012 at 03:01 PM
Pat G. for Chief!
Truefacts December 12, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Captain David Paprota. Dave is the only choice. Veronica the rule of three is true and Dave will score number One. Do not pass him for a LT. have the test and swear Dave in.
HISAT December 12, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Give it to the CAPT. - The correct move, 1.) Chain of command , 2.) 2nd in command,3.) Years on force 4.) Do we really think anyone will score higher , Dont think so!!! Politics is only way this guy dont get his due.
Sarah B December 12, 2012 at 11:06 PM
What is going on with this town? This article is crazy! We in Lacey have the most credentialed and respected police captain's around and the town officials are going to discuss other options??? I have never heard anything but positive things about Captain Paprota. The officers I know speak very highly of him yet the town officials haven't even acknowledged he exists. I found his bio is on the town's site http://www.laceytownship.org/content/81/409/default.aspx He has more credentials by far than Chief Nally and from what people tell me, he has been running the place for years. What is going on? enough is enough, I want the truth.
osbornewhite December 13, 2012 at 12:13 AM
paproda isnt the right choice......he's part of the problem
Sarah B December 13, 2012 at 02:13 AM
You are mistaken osbornewhte , from what I hear around town the captain solved the problem. Maybe some officers say that he is too strict but that should be a good thing...right?
Dan Gleasack December 13, 2012 at 02:52 AM
veltri is gona run this town thats what needs to happn for this town to b grate. he is my freind.he helped me wen i was geting in truble and the other cops just kept sining charges agenst me. vote for veltri. mcnally is bad news
proud December 13, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Hire a civilian public safety director that is an experiencd CEO to wrangle with the budget. Take the savings and put a cop on the streets.
Edward Olbrys December 13, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Having worked with Dave for many years I have to also agree that he is the most qualified for the position of chief. Dave is a very thorough in his work and is one of the most accomplished persons I know. I have watched Dave climb the ladder of success by himself with no political help. I have always found Dave to be an honest person who always looked out for the good of the police department as well as the citizens of Lacey. I’m not saying that any of the other supervisors or management couldn’t run the department, but Dave is the teacher of the teachers. I have had the privilege to not only work with Dave, but to also know him as a friend. He is a big family and I believe would make a heck of a chief.
bobfilken December 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM
credentials dont mean jack....we need someone to do the job
gilligan December 13, 2012 at 01:07 PM
grace December 13, 2012 at 01:21 PM
the kind of talk i hear on this site makes me think someone from out of town might be the best choice...
Silver dollar December 13, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Tonight ,12-13-2012 is the council meeting .Go voice your opinion , Positive or Negative it will be heard.
proud December 13, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Exactly what was the stance taken in the face of adversity. Sounds like something is being hushed.
JOHNNY Done it December 14, 2012 at 03:07 AM
NO Public saftey director this a appointed postion & could get caught up in the good ole boys grinder..He is not a sworn officer .It should be done the correct way by interveiwing ,test scores for that job & personal record of the person ,years of service. Either in the department or external WE dont need an another politician..
grace December 14, 2012 at 12:59 PM
only my opinion but i like the external ....coming in fresh new ideas and experience
westpt December 14, 2012 at 11:23 PM
paprotta ------what a joke!!!!!!
buttholsurfer December 15, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Not a fan of Paprotas attitude but nonetheless, give the test do it right and Im sure not a piney below him in rank even comes close to him. Captain next in line Done.
Sick and Tired December 16, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Retired Chief Nally for Sheriff!
Fedup December 18, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Good luck with that rule, they will pass up the leading scorer for someone they know or already works for the town. Lacey is known for this!!!!
Fedup December 23, 2012 at 09:43 PM
No way !!!!! He's one of those good ol'e boys


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