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Acting Police Chief Mantone to Retire

Jerry Mantone is retiring from the Madison Police Department effective next Friday.

Acting Madison Police Chief Jerry Mantone has decided to retire after 34 years of service, the mayor said Monday.

Mantone's retirement is effective next Friday, Oct. 5, and Madison's governing body plans to recognize his service at its Oct. 10 meeting, Mayor Bob Conley said at the start of Madison's Council meeting.

Mantone is due to stay on the books through Aug. 3 while being paid accrued sick and vacation time.

Conley said he wanted to thank Mantone for everything he has done.

"If anyone knows Jerry, he will not be a stranger," but will be around the borough "providing support for all of us," he said.

Mantone designated Lt. Darren Dachisen as the officer in charge. Mantone, a lieutenant, was appointed acting chief in August to temporarily fill the vacancy left by former Chief John Trevena's retirement on Aug. 1.

Mantone, the department's Investigative Division commander and president of the non-profit Project Community Pride, was hired as a special police officer in 1977, the same year he graduated from Madison High School, according to his bio on RoseNet.org. He became a patrolman in 1980.

The governing body plans to create an ordinance outlining the process for selecting a police chief.

Sara Jay September 25, 2012 at 09:26 AM
Another good guy gone. When is the town going to wake up and see how this council has decimated the police depat and other town entities. They should be ashamed. They havent hired any officers to fill in past retirements in years. What a joke. Last time I checked my taxes haven't gone down!!!!!!!!! Where are these savings???? I WANT MORE COPS!!!!!! Last week my burglar alarm went off and a Florham Park officer showed ! Is that what my taxes are for. Come on people, Wake up. I gues I'll have to ask these questions in public forum at council mtg. See ya then!
Bernie & Mike McDonough September 25, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Jerry has been such a upstanding police officer a great example for our kids kind and good while explaining how to be good citizens to our middle school and high school kids. 34 years is a long time we wish him a wonderful retirement and know he will stay involved in our community. Best Bernie & Mike McDonough
Peter M September 25, 2012 at 12:43 PM
Jerry Mantone has had such a positive impact on our community, school children as well as a mentor for my son Robert who has an interest in law enforcement. He will be missed! Thank you for your service Jerry!
Larry Bruce September 25, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Thank you for everything Jerry, sorry to see you go. Nice going Council.
Smile September 25, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Let surrounding towns support each other. Ultimately the system works. Look at Montgomery County M.D. and Virginia. The highest per capita income in the country with shared resources. The system works. Our system incourages waste and fraud.
Robert Irving September 25, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I have known Jerry since high school. He always was and still is one of the best people I know, and, I have heard that he is a dedicated officer. Madison does not realize the hole that will be left behind.
kcd September 25, 2012 at 05:20 PM
It's such a shame that someone with such honor, commitment and integrity is leaving the Madison Police Dept. I only hope that he passes the torch to the younger officers to follow in his footsteps. Best of luck to Jerry and his wonderful family. He will be missed!!!
ghost September 25, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Good luck to you Jerry! Thank you for your service!
Steve Wells September 25, 2012 at 05:46 PM
First, Jerry set the gold standard for school resource officers, and the fact that exactly a decade ago he was taken out of the schools and put behind a desk was a travesty. He has been a valued friend to students and adult citizens alike. Second, there has to be more to this than has been reported. The timing just doesn't make sense...unless - and this is my hunch - he was quietly told that he had no chance of being named the permanent chief.
ghost September 25, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I brought up the same things a month ago! Things will not get better until the council hires officers to man the department efficiently. How long before the neighboring towns cut us off? They're not being paid to cover our town! They're putting all of our residents, businesses and officers at risk!
Car 54 Where Are You September 25, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Amazing powers of deduction. The real question is, "Whose fingerprints are on the knife sticking out of his back?" Careful, it's a trick question.
Karin Swenson Szotak September 25, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Although I was surprised to hear this as well, I want to wish Jerry all the best. He is a first class officer and a gentleman. He is and always will be my definition of what a Madison COP should be. My dad was a cop, so I grew up knowing a deeper understanding of the job. God Bless you Jerry and may you reap all the rewards you have sewn. Happy Retirement!
Marilyn D'Amelio September 26, 2012 at 01:55 AM
My family and I are so sorry to hear this. We were so pleased when we heard Jerry was the Acting Police Chief. We were hoping that he would be the PERMANENT Police Chief! Madison's loss!!!!
Diane Wallace September 26, 2012 at 10:21 PM
What a loss for Madison. I don't know of anyone who is more committed to helping others. Jerry's dedication to Madison is shown throughout this town, most especially in our children. He has been a true role model and has served Madison well. Jerry is a true gentleman with a big heart and I certainly wish him well!!
SamoaJoe September 28, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Jerry, THANK YOU, for so many years of service to Madison. THANK YOU for your old school approach to police work that you first began in 1977 and never lost sight of 34 years later. When you care about the community, the community wins and appreciates. You set the Benchmark when it came to Community Policing and working with the Schools, not to mention your work in Project Community Pride. Although some great police officers remain in Madison, nobody comes close to your involvement in the community. As a kid, I remember your approach first hand too. There was an occasssion wherre a group of us kids were messing around as kids often do and your approach was to teach a valuable lesson too all of us with your words in lieu of going through a more formal legal process. That approach wins always I think as we did walk away with a lesson learned, with more respect for those in authority, and with a good feeling knowing that teaching comes before tickets. Anyway, best wishes for a happy retirement Jerry. I do hope you remain active in the service somehow and influence the new generation law enforcement professional to make community service and community pride a fundamental part of their being and approach to such an important job. Congratulations to you and your family for many years of behind the scene support.

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