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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.

Robert Yates January 14, 2013 at 06:15 PM
"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" As Lacey Township only has 38 or 39 officers (excluding special officers), it appears that Paprota would not be qualified for the position of Public Safety Director. This is a bit ironic, is it not?
proud January 14, 2013 at 07:02 PM
Ironic? Yes. Viable? No.
iknow January 14, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Now stand back and watch the "small town politics" show! Instead of saving money and promoting Paprota to Chief, the Committee will find a political hack to fill the position. My guess will be a certain Republican, good ol' boy, retired NJ State Trooper.. I won't put names up on the Patch, but anyone whose been in this town for any small amount of time knows who I am talking about. This is truly disgusting, simply because of the politics of it. If Paprota lunched it up at the Forked River Diner every week with the local big-wig Republicans, like Nally did, then he would already be the Chief! Hey Frankie, funny you mention the name Downing, you should research how he became he got his current position.. If Paprota isn't promoted to Chief, you need to really start researching who is on our Committee and why they are there. I used to believe that they had the best interests of the residents in mind, and that all of the conspiracy theorists were just nut jobs. Boy was I wrong. Take a look at the comments of the Committee after Chief Nally retired. Dykoff said it was something the Chief had been discussing for a long time and Quinn stated that the retirement was a surprise to him.. In reality, the Chief had plans to stay, and retired immediately after an internal investigation. Come on people, wake up. Stop voting in politicians and start voting in leaders. Demand that our Police Department have a Chief who is a leader, not a Director who is a politician!!
proud January 14, 2013 at 09:29 PM
I will reserve comment on the majority of your post. I do, however, recall the Cheif saying recently that he had no intention of leaving his position, contrary to rumors. It may have been at the budget meetings of last year, but I'm not certain of that. That being the case, whatever he has stated since or the reported comments by then Mayor Dykoff have zero credibility in my book. I would not believe a word they say. I still wonder if the good captain is even interested in the job. It would not surprise me if some personnel were pushed out if there is a change of regime.
Sarah B January 14, 2013 at 10:30 PM
what is going on with this committee. i have been proud to call myself a chris christie republican, but this has become an embarassment for our party. i will not put up with wasted tax money in these times. things are too tough to throw away tax dollars on a new and unnecessary political position in the township. the captain of the police department is obviously qualified for the position and respected throughout town, so why the games? also . . . i and many others still want to know the truth about the hasty departure of the former chief. a person in public service doesn't have a right to just go away without answering for what he did nor is the committee allowed to just ignore the matter and ignore their constituency. answers please!
Frankie Shermbut January 14, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Happy Gilmore lost his gig at the TR BOE maybe the TC will hire him?
Randy Daytona January 14, 2013 at 10:53 PM
people posted answers and the editor of this page deletes them..you gotta be quick before they disapear...
casual observer January 15, 2013 at 12:33 AM
there are only 1 captain and 2 lieutenants on the force. why incur the cost of giving a civil service test to the only three eligible?
Sarah B January 15, 2013 at 02:39 AM
i find out a little more every day. apparently the township committee has run the police department down from a normal amount of employees for a town our size to less than what is needed to keep up with the work and what we want and need out of our police. the department is drastically down in every area. the township has a bunch of old police cars parked behind the police station that never move to make us think we have a lot of police. the administration of the department is just the captain at this point. the lieutenant i know said he and the other lieutenant are on patrol like a patrolman answering calls just to fill shifts. i promise i will find out more. when i get a chance i am going to look into how other towns of similar size and demographics have their police departments staffed.
Sarah B January 15, 2013 at 03:14 AM
i found that barnegat has nearly 7,000 less population and is otherwise similar demographically to lacey but barnegat has 30 less square miles yet has at least 8 more officers than lacey. stafford has 1,000 less residents as lacey and is similar demographically yet nearly half the square miles but has at least 15 officers than lacey. i guess what i was told was true. i bet we have more old police cars parked behind our police stations than those other towns.
Peter Goesinya January 15, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Can you explain exactly what is a Chris Christie republican and what exactly has Christie done?
GB Shore January 15, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Paprota has earned the promotion but probably won't get it because he is not part of the "club". The Chief's sudden departure will be known soon, although I do not know if Gilmore will suppress what has already been out there as to why the former Chief is under investigation by the Prosecutor's office...
Robert Yates January 15, 2013 at 02:43 PM
The number of officers that Lacey has per capita as compared to other similarly situated towns is an important consideration, but it is rendered meaningless if we do not also compare crime statistics. Who cares if we have substantially less officers than other towns if our crime rates are similar or lower than those towns? Perhaps those towns simply run inefficiently and we do a better job taking care of tax payer money. Barnegat's taxes are through the roof because of a stupid anti-business political climate as well as perhaps a poorly run police force. We need more information. The town I moved from has just about the same number of officers that Lacey has now, with the same number of people and less crime.
casual observer January 15, 2013 at 02:57 PM
You are correct about the understaffing of Lacey Police. At lease 3 years ago, an officer told of how many times Lacey must call upon Manchester and Berkeley Township Police just to cover calls. That is another statistic you could investigate. In all fairness, most departments keep old cars around for replacement parts.
grace January 15, 2013 at 03:19 PM
idk sounds to me like maybe they do need someone who isnt part of the in crowd to come in straighten stuff out and go from there....and sorry i too think we need to support our officers and entire police force etc no matter what they choose to do..
Silver dollar January 15, 2013 at 03:51 PM
Paprota ,seems to be the best qualified for the job as chief. Hire from within , Save tax dollars .
Giant fan January 15, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Robert, If I may ask what town did you come from?
ed crowley January 16, 2013 at 01:06 AM
Also none of the former chiefs would qualify. The committee praised The former chief but said in the ad he was not qualified.
JoAnne January 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Same old township committee, same old Board of Education. Just shuffle the positions back and forth. Then they hire out of district puppets. We have qualified people for chief of police as well as superintendent of schools that know our town and what would be best. Our schools and town both going down the tubes fast.
FR Grown January 16, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Bring back Tom Darmody as a Public Safety Director.
Giant fan January 16, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Robert, The reason I ask where you moved from and correct me if I'm wrong but haven't you pointed out in previous posts that it is not a fair gauge to compare different townships and populations as some areas by virtue of their type of population are more conducive to crime than others. So which is it? did you come from a township in N.J . That is a comparable demographic as Lacey or not. If not why do you make the comparison.
ed crowley January 17, 2013 at 12:51 AM
I don't know if he meets the requirments. How many officers were under his command?
Pete Saltpeter January 17, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Its going to be water guy
Robert Yates January 17, 2013 at 02:07 PM
@Giant fan: pardon the delayed reply. You are correct. I have said that the characteristics of the people living in a geographical location do have an effect on crime rates and therefore seem to be an important factor in comparing towns for the purposes of establishing the proper level of police protection. Obviously there are many factors that determine crime levels in towns and cities, and the more similar those factors are in towns and cities, the better the comparison, I think. The town I moved from is Merrimack NH. The demographics appear to be very similar in terms of population, income levels, crime rates and the numbers of police. Surely, it is not a exactly the same, but I think pretty close.
Giant fan January 17, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Robert, Having never been to Merrimak I cannot confirm or deny your comparison. However taking into account the entire state of New Jersey and the affect of surrounding towns of Lacey I do not believe a fair comparison can be made of a township in N.H. and a township in N.J.
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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