Tinton Falls, NJ mayor passes over a captain and four lieutenants to appoint sergeant as new chief

The Brass Key | September 12, 2010 | Comments (0)

Two days after telling members of the Police Department that he would fill the vacant police chief position “at the appropriate time,” Mayor Michael Skudera in a memo delivered Thursday said he has appointed a sergeant to the top spot in the department.

Sgt. John Scravanic, one of six sergeants in the department, is scheduled to be sworn in as chief at 4 p.m. today at borough hall, according to borough officials who received the memo. Municipal Court Judge Richard B. Thompson will preside over the swearing-in.

Skudera, who passed over a police captain and four lieutenants in making his choice, could not be reached for comment Thursday.

The position of police chief is a mayoral appointment, according to a borough ordinance. In making the appointment, Skudera does not need the input of the Borough Council.

On Tuesday, about 20 police officers came to the Borough Council’s regular meeting and asked Skudera when the vacant position of police chief would be filled.

“Any announcements I will have will be made at the appropriate time,” Skudera said. “And that’s all I have to say right now.”

The department has been without a top officer since 30-year veteran Gerald Turning Sr. retired in April. Turning was subsequently appointed borough administrator.

The council, earlier this year, unanimously adopted an ordinance naming the position of police chief as the commanding officer of the department, which previously was one of only a handful of departments in the state whose commanding officer held the rank of major.

The previous ordinance named Turning as chief, but that the title would last only as long as Turning  held the position. The current ordinance formally structures the department under a chief regardless of who holds the postion.

Source: Keith Brown APP.com

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