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.