Tempers around the township are still at a fever pitch over the way in which the promotion of Parsippany Police Capt. Jeffrey Storms was handled. Wandering around the town yesterday, the one thing most said is that Capt. Storms is a capable, hard-working and deserving officer and that it's a shame his achievement may be obscured by the antipathy swirling around Town Hall.
The vast majority of people agreed with that sentiment. The agreement stopped there.
Some people stood behind Mayor James Barberio's preemptive strike, putting together a quick promotion ceremony before the Township Council could talk further about a proposal to change town law to limit the police force to three captains, was a bold move.
Others said the mayor lied and did not live up to a July 10 statement to the council that he would meet with its members prior to moving ahead with the promotion. (He did meet with Councilmen Michael dePierro and Vincent Ferrara, not with the entire council, but in fact, as Patch reported July 11, Council President Brian Stanton said at the meeting that there would be a sit-down between Barberio and dePierro and Ferrara.)
Others had thoughts that fell between the two poles described above.
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