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Letter to the Editor: Councilman Responds to Mayor's Accusation

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In this Letter to the Editor, Township Council member Michael dePierro shares his response to regarding the mayor's decision to go ahead with an appointment to create a fourth Parsippany Police captain rather than enter another debate of the matter with the full council. 

So the mayor called me a liar!

I guess that he forgot that no councilman may speak for, or vote for, the entire Township Council. I admitted, for the record, that I had agreed with the police chief at our meeting. But upon arriving home, I was still not comfortable withhaving a fourth police captain.

I called the mayor and chief and told them that I still had trouble supporting a fourthcaptain. I had assumed that the entire Township Council would discuss the matter further at our Township Council meeting. I believed the mayor when he promised that no promotions would be made until the council could discuss it further.

Not only did the mayor break his promise, he arrogantly did the swearing-in at the Township Council meeting before any councilman could speak. This kind of arrogance should not be displayed between a Republican mayor and an all-Republican council. It sends the wrong message.

I regret that this issue tarnished Capt. Storms' ceremony. He is a fine police officer with a fine record. This issue had nothing to do with him personally and I congratulate him on his promotion.

This issue is not dead. Four councilmen voted to have an ordinance drafted which will limit the police department to three captains. Since we already have four captains, I anticipate that the ordinance, if passed, would take effect when one of the captains retire or get promoted.

Councilman Michael dePierro

Frenchpatch July 24, 2012 at 12:09 AM
dePierro for Mayor!!
Scott Dean July 24, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Any of the nameless care to comment on the appointment of the new director of operations for the Knoll East and West ?
VietNam Vet July 24, 2012 at 06:21 AM
I have to agree this mayor has been trying to run his own little world and doesn't like it when he has to abide by the rules and the wants of the people who put him in that office. The Mayor will make it easy for the Democraps to take over the council and the mayor seat come next election.
B. Granger July 24, 2012 at 02:12 PM
well ladies and gentleman, the truth be told! #1 carifi's are mad because the capt wants to be chief but isnt qualified;#2 de pierro wants a job in town to raise his pension; I give this mayor credit for being the outsider and not lining their pockets even more!
Robert Simpson July 24, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Well patchitup (Jerry Manning), I guess you are mad because you don't have the intelligence to evaluate a situation or the courage to use your name. Jerry, write the following down on paper because you don't have enough grey matter to remember. I requested that the town upgrade a dangerous grade crossing with wayside horns at a cost of $70,000. The town engineer recomended a $700,000 reconstruction.

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