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New Police Sergeant Named, Despite Patrol Concerns

Son-in-law of former town council president moves up from the investigative division.

Mayor James Barberio, Parsippany Police Chief Anthony DeZenzo and local law enforcement officers attended the Wednesday morning announcement that 13-year Parsippany Police vet Darren Theobald was promoted to sergeant.

Theobald is an experienced officer, police said. He received a police training certification from the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy in 1999. He holds an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is now pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree there in Public Administration.

In Parsippany, Theobald, a graduate of has served as a patrol officer and now works with the Investigative Division as a detective. He has worked as a DARE Officer at Lake Hiawatha and Northvail schools and has received numerous awards, including a lifesaving award, unit citations and command citations.

Theobald is the son-in-law of former Morris County Sheriff and former Town Council President John Fox.

The move comes during a longstanding debate within the town on police staffing and promotions.

Barberio announced Theobald would serve as a patrol sergeant.

DeZenzo said the promotion is needed as there are a number of vacancies on the force. He said Theobald will be working "on the streets."

"I'm just looking forward to getting to work in my new job," Theobald said after the ceremony.

After Theobald was sworn in by Barberio, Marcus Dalakian was sworn in as a new full-time police dispatcher.

Bob Crawford October 11, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Patchitup1 What you don't seem to get or are not be able to tolerate are Parsipp[any residents who might differ from you and who have the guts to stand up to you and state their opinions and who, Heaven forbid ,might even run against you and/or one of your sycophants. Relax a little bit and trust in the truth even though you might find it politically uncomfortable when you hear it and/ or read about it on Patch. At the rate you are going you will self destruct long before November 2013 and what will Parsippany do without you to lead the way? Hmmm.
Ray October 11, 2012 at 09:31 PM
Patchitup The cuckoo who is on to himself is halfway out of the clock. And people are on to who you are.
Ray October 11, 2012 at 09:38 PM
And what did I write that was so inflammatory? All I wrote was the truth about how I feel about the mayor and all I did was provide a link about John Tiedemann I found on the town's own website.
VietNam Vet October 12, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Mikw, I may be a registered Republican in this town, but I vote for who I think will do the job, unlike many of the democrats who vote strickly party lines no matter how stupid the person may be. I vote for who I believe will do the job, I use my own head in something like that. Right now I haven't seen a candidate on either side who I can say without a doubt that I can trust except myself maybe, I once told the mayor when he came to my house one time that one of the big issues facing the people in this town is taxes. I told him how it can be fixed and to lower the taxes for the citizens here, and it would work, he told me the residents pay 60% of the tax burden here and the other 40 is picked by the businesses and the apartment complexes in town, that is not fair and he said he would look into it, but never did, instead he has made sure the taxes were raised some more. We are being screwed on the sewer and water taxes every year and he knows it, but as always he does nothing about it. I said the FREE town cars needs to stop, we have people who live down the shore and they have a FREE car because he is a firt responder in case of any problems in town. This so called first responder couldn't get here in time to take care of the problem, it would be over by the time he got here, not that he would even bother. That has to stop! as with the town administrator gets a car, for what?She doesn't live that far away and the job is not that crucial that she needs a car.
Natalie Davis October 12, 2012 at 08:56 PM
You are wrong in telling me what my motivation is and casting aspersions against my character. I have no need to stir up anything. I do have, however, a need to be as complete in presenting facts as is possible. There is a massive difference.

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