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    Mayor’s Update July/August 2016

     
    Dear Resident and Business Owner,
     
    As most of you know by now, Police Chief Pasquale Libertino will be retiring at the end of January 2017.  This allows all of us plenty of time to thoroughly consider how to replace Chief Libertino. 
     
    The options are many and include the following: 1) Promote from within; 2) Appoint an at-will Civilian Police/Public Safety Director;  3) Assess the possibility of performing a feasibility study on combining the Mendham Borough Police Department with the Mendham Township Police Department;  4) Do not appoint a Chief but rather appoint an officer in charge.
     
    There are many advantages and disadvantages to these options and perhaps others that have not yet been identified.  Promoting and appointing a Chief from within our existing department essentially “locks the governing body out” from having any flexibility to discipline a Police Chief for questionable performance.  Did you know that, statutorily, once a Chief of Police is appointed it is very difficult to remove him or her, thanks to the Police Chiefs “Bill of Rights”?  That law certainly doesn’t give any flexibility to the Mayor or Council (present or future) on accurately measuring performance levels for the chief.  A Civilian Police/Public Safety Director would, in fact, serve at the pleasure of and report directly to the Mayor and Council. A civilian police director would have extensive management and leadership experience.
     
    There has been discussion over the years among elected officials and taxpayers over the merits of combining our police department with Mendham Township.  This last was discussed in 2003 and that discussion was controlled with the assistance of incumbent police chiefs. Now, both Mendham Borough and Mendham Township have or will have open Chief positions, which allow open discussion to occur without the influence of an incumbent police chief with a personal agenda.  Also, the selection of the consultant that performed the 2003 feasibility report that supposedly assessed the feasibility of combining the two departments was severely tainted, which resulted in an incomplete report.  Without an accurate, unbiased feasibility report done by a consultant selected objectively by all involved parties involving open, honest and fair negotiations, it would be difficult to say for sure if some sort of combination of the two police departments was economically feasible and whether or not our police services and public safety protection would improve or be negatively impacted under a combined scenario.
     
    Unlike past promotional processes conducted for the Chief of Police where assessments were made by council sub-committees with recommendations made to the full governing body, this time around the process will be different. Deliberations on how to move forward in succeeding Chief Libertino will be done at regular open public meetings of the Mayor and Council that will include as much feedback as possible from members of the public.
     
    Deliberations on this topic will be placed on the agenda for the Mayor and Council in the fall so that as many residents as possible can attend meetings to ask questions and express their opinions.  If you would like to let us know sooner what direction you would like to see us proceed, please email me through Borough Clerk Margot Kaye at mkaye@mendhamnj.org.
     
    In other news, the Borough Council passed an ordinance that would allow outside dining as a conditional use within the Historic Business Zone and the East Business Zone.  Details of this new program as well as the adopted ordinance can be obtained through the Borough Clerk’s office.
     
    Don’t forget to check out the schedule in this issue and on our website for the outdoor summer concerts in the park.  It is a great way to enjoy a summer evening.
     
    Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable summer.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Neil Henry
    Mayor, Mendham Borough

     
     






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