Police Chief's Retirement Benefit: Over $130K Per Year

Anthony DeZenzo's retirement benefit puts him in the rarefied $100K Club with his two predecessors.

When Parsippany Police Chief Anthony DeZenzo on March 1 steps down after less than 18 months since his swearing in and 31 years on the force in all, he will walk away with a lifetime benefit of about $131,952 per year.

The estimate comes from the state Department of Treasury.

That figure breaks down to about $10,996 per month and puts DeZenzo into the exclusive "$100K Club," which is made up of former township employees who earn more than $100,000 per year in retirement benefits.

In addition to his 31 years with PPD, DeZenzo spent a year working for the Morris County Sheriff's Office early in his career.

Of the handful of former employees on the list are former police chiefs Michael Peckerman ($120,015) and Michael T. Filippello ($110,876). The dollar figures, from New Jersey Watchdog, are as of Dec. 31, 2011.

The chief told Patch that he filed papers to resign with the state Police and Firemen’s Retirement System last Friday.

Patch asked local elected officials for their reaction to the chief's departure.

Mayor James Barberio had nothing but good words to say about the man he made chief.

"Chief DeZenzo has served the people of Parsippany wth distinction for 31 years," Barberio said. "He has been an outstanding police officer and a terrific chief."

"I wish Tony all the best in his retirement," said Councilman Jonathan Nelson. "I hope the mayor does the right thing by appointing Deputy Chief Paul Philipps to the top position." 

Veteran Town Council member Michael J. dePierro shared the same wish for Philipps' promotion with the Star-Ledger, offering praise to both Philipps and DeZenzo..

Councilman Paul Carifi Jr. also hailed DeZenzo's work as chief.

“I think he was a good chief, especially when our town went through some dramatic occurrences," he said. "He’s always been very pleasant and professional.”

Rumor has it that DeZenzo, who also headed the town's Office of Emergency Management, may move to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office. DeZenzo said that as of right now, that is not true. He said he is reviewing his options.

As to who will replace the chief, that is unknown at present. The obvious choice to some would be Deputy Chief Paul Philipps, however Mayor James Barberio could opt to sidestep the deputy and instead elevate one of the police captains.

alexa Medugorie February 15, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Great job Mayor Barberio!! For giving away the farm!!
Frank L February 15, 2013 at 07:03 PM
So Parsippany residents, homeowners and taxpayers, you have officially been ripped off by your own Mayor and will be paying for a Police Chief who has done absolutely nothing for the township except bleed money and walk away with a retirement/accumulated sick and vacation time that could choke a horse. Every aspect of this department needs to be revamped and reorganized to start operating like an effective law enforcement agency. The township of approximately 50,600 people and 25.4 square miles has only two police officers manning the traffic division. What is their back up?? These two officers are assisted by signs, signs everywhere signs -- everything from "radar in use" notations on white speed limit signs, to middle-of-the-road stand alone signs and make-shift speed limit signs constructed by fed up, disgusted homeowners. This township is severely under patrolled on every level while the taxpayers are robbed blind as they pay the lofty and fraudulent police retirement packages/accumulated sick and vacation days when they leave. Everyone -- just wait for the news coverage on what the Par Troy taxpayers have to shell out to this useless Chief. And we can all thank this useless Mayor for that contract deal.
M Jarrett February 15, 2013 at 07:15 PM
And this is just the beginning. Wait until we hear what this chief walks away when his accumulated sick/vacation time is tallied up. So what is with the dysfunction with the Mayor and town hall? Our Governor has courageously, admirably and tirelessly been speaking loud and clear to scrap these payouts all together and yet THIS Mayor is obviously NOT paying attention, NOT keeping faith with the taxpayer, NOT keeping his personal and friends’ agendas out of township business, and NOT running the township effectively for the benefit of its residents. I am frustrated because this Mayor can not even follow the sound guidance of one of the best governors you and I will see in a lifetime. The Mayor is not getting it and needs major intervention -- let's give it a try: Dear Mayor Barberio, Hi, it’s one of the THOUSANDS of annoyed, fed up taxpayers who voted for you in the last election but has had enough with your reckless tactics for which residents will be paying for years to come. There is not much thinking to do here, Mayor. This Governor has drafted a clear blue print regarding state, county and municipal reform and all YOU have to do is follow along. No fussing, no mussing and no need to add water. Just don’t get distracted by trying to reward friends who don’t accomplish anything for the township. Find a friend who can actually do something to benefit the taxpayer and their hard-earned dollar.
M Jarrett February 15, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Par-Troy resident/taxpayers are just asking you to read carefully and follow the directions of our effective state leader (for clarity, I am not referring to you, Mayor). Don’t follow your own gut, Mr. Mayor, because you are and have been getting it all wrong and taxpayers can’t afford your continued mishaps and side agendas! Mayor, take careful note, every tax dollar that is used to cash out police unused sick and vacation time should be going to limit tax increases to the taxpayer. That was the Governor speaking to this issue, not me. Please follow directions and stop ripping off the taxpayers. Voters should be sending you, Mr. Mayor, into retirement just like this Police Chief. I am not looking forward to hearing what we will truly be paying to this township employee as he heads out the door with absolutely nothing accomplished for the taxpayers and homeowners. Signed, Don’t be too sure about your reelection
Pete February 16, 2013 at 03:06 PM
People -- you're scapegoating. You can't blame ONLY the current mayor. These payouts and sick/vacation time "deals" are the result of CONTRACTS -- contracts with the police union, and perhaps contracts with individuals. Contracts arise out of NEGOTIATIONS. When times are easy, negotiations are easy; but when times get tough, negotiations should.get tough. They haven't, it would seem. The blame should be assigned to the township officials who negotiated such sweetheart deals, for not having the cojones to play tough at the bargaining table.
Mike February 16, 2013 at 03:34 PM
There are still about 10-12 officers that will still be getting these large payout. Sick days and vacation days should be lost if you don't use them. Sick days are for you when you are sick not to get paid if you don't use them. Same with vacation days. Use them or lose them.
mudpile February 16, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Retiring after a year and a half? Maybe this is his way of admitting that he couldnt handle the job as chief. After all, he really sucks at it.
Mike February 16, 2013 at 10:19 PM
It isn't about if he sucked at the job...it's about the amount of money these clowns are getting from other clowns mistakes..
Sick of the Bull February 16, 2013 at 10:32 PM
This nonsense has to stop. What needs to happen is all new chiefs need to stay on for a minimum of (lets say 5 years). if the retire before that they will receive their pension from the rank they held previously.
Mike February 17, 2013 at 02:31 AM
Promote the deputy chief to chief...move up one captain...preferably not the "i" team and run the ship with just 3 captains. There is no need for four captains. The trickle down affect will hurt all the following ranks but we as tax payers don't care. If the rest don't like that they aren't getting promoted then too bad.
coffeebreak February 17, 2013 at 02:09 PM
No, you are wrong. It is about the job and the money. He does not know how to respect, communicate, organize, run, etc. The only thing he is capable of is being nasty and dismantling. The residents can now expect less. At least until March 2nd.
coffeebreak February 17, 2013 at 02:32 PM
The look on his wife's face is not a look of proud. Her little chipmonk standing there attempting to look official. I wonder how many books he is standing on?
Peter February 17, 2013 at 04:51 PM
If the residents of this town continue to elect former policeman and lifetime municipal employees there will never be any reform. Ask mr Carifi where he stands on police pensions. We are supporting 10 employees to the tune of a million dollars a year that is where your taxes are going , and you thought the field of dreams was too expensive.
Sick of the Bull February 17, 2013 at 05:48 PM
Hopefully the best candidate for chief will finally get the job. Paul Phillips(currently the deputy chief) will bring back honor, pride and professionalism back to the position.
Vic February 17, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Pete, you're right -- there is enough blame to pass around. However, this mayor was behind the wheel for THIS costly contract negotiation that residents will be heavily paying for a long period of time. The buck stops with Barberio during the years of his administration drawing up buddy contracts which does not benefit the community. Barberio is to blame for opening up the taxpayer bank vault for his useless, derelict pal without requiring his pal to reform the department, address its ills and be accountable to the community and its taxpayer residents. Under Barberio's watch, the PD has increasingly become a knee-jerk department that just takes reports AFTER crimes has been committed and files the reports away, doesn't actively enforce laws, gets caught literally sleeping on the job for all to see on You Tube (yeah, I know it was under former Chief Peckerman lead- but there are lots more out TODAY in their trusty hiding spots snoozing away). Additionally, this department continues to ignore residents, not return their calls or tells residents "we can't do that" when taxpayers have the audacity of asking for some real law enforcement for their tax money.
Kathy Morgan February 17, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Mike M, got lots more to add to that. It is not just the police department falling by the wayside under Mr. Barberio lack of leadership and accountability, you only got HALF the story. When you call the Mayor's hotline to report problems with the police or other department heads caught not doing their jobs, Mr. Barberio's office ignores it, sweeps it under the carpet and lets the administrators’ derelict behaviors continue. This mayor is to be blamed for these recent years of allowing the lazy, unaccountable and cavalier culture of all departments to continue, looking like an unprepared do-nothing at town council meetings and accomplishing nothing during his term. That's why Mr. Barberio is scrambling to use anyone, near or far, who can artificially spike voter counts in his favor as a last-ditch effort to maintain a job he has proven to be egregiously incapable and unwilling to handle properly and ethically for the welfare of the township.
Mike February 18, 2013 at 10:42 AM
Carifi is one of those last 10-12 patrolmen that are going to get this large payout.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 19, 2013 at 10:33 AM
must be nice. Only when hyper inflation hits, it will be disappointing. And it will hit soon.
Sabot February 19, 2013 at 03:56 PM
As always, a voice of reason from the good councilman.
Scott Dean February 19, 2013 at 05:00 PM
I hear the payout for the Chief for vacation and sick time is going to compare with what free agent Joe Flacco from the Ravens is going to get ,after all they both are champions to their respective teams aren't they??
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 19, 2013 at 05:03 PM
The fleecing of America. How does it feel?
bryce zona February 20, 2013 at 07:42 PM
bryce zona February 20, 2013 at 07:42 PM
well well well april 1st
1fairguy February 28, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Peter, are you sure, " that is where your taxes are going"....You have NO CLUE how LITTLE you contribute to police pensions! How many pension payments has the state/municipalities skipped after TAKING billions from the system?? Did you forget that part, or did you never know about that??? HHHMMMMM??
1fairguy February 28, 2013 at 10:33 PM
That's funny, because there is NO taxpayer in Parsippany by the name of "Jarrett!" Only one in Morris County is in Morristown....so what gives??
1fairguy February 28, 2013 at 10:38 PM
"Mikey", I'm willing to bet that some of the cops have been DENIED vacation days here and there due to the understaffing. So how can you take away a contractual item if it's not their fault? I wouldn't want to pay the OT for the replacements if a bunch called out the same day either....So,how much of you 2012 tax bill went to the PD? I bet you don't have a clue!
1fairguy February 28, 2013 at 10:45 PM
"Mikey," first of all it's "EFFECT" not "affect." It shouldn't matter what "team" the next next DC is on, all that should matter is that he is the best qualified. Put up resumes, and THEIR productivity from the date they were hired. No "good ol' boy" bs!
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 28, 2013 at 10:56 PM
What everyone seems to be oblivious to is that the retirement pay for everyone is going to be hyper-inflated away to mere nothingness. That is unless you made a deal to be paid in gold or silver, your doomed. The country can't afford to pay these promises, everyone knows it, yet they fool themselves. It is really quite amazing.
1fairguy March 02, 2013 at 05:40 AM
guess you HEARD wrong! Flacco got millions fool!
john p maguire May 01, 2013 at 08:19 AM
It Feels AWFUL And The Residents Of Parsippany-Troy Hills Are Paying Dearly For The Incompetence Of This Current Mayor And His Political Co-Horts. The Whole Town & It's Administration Should Be Investigated By The Attorney General's Office For Gross Mismanagement And Deceitful Tactics Used On A Daily Basis. Mossberg Should Be In Jail Along With 15-20 Others, Many Of Which Live In Powder Mill !!!!!!


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