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Lt. Mantone Appointed Acting Police Chief

Formal process for selecting permanent chief will be outlined in an ordinance, according to a resolution approved by the Borough Council on Monday.

The Madison Borough Council appointed Lt. Jerry Mantone acting chief of the through Feb. 1, and a permanent chief will be decided through a formal process to be outlined in an ordinance, according to a resolution approved by the Borough Council on Monday.

The selection process will include an oral and written component, and a psychological evaluation, the resolution says. The New Jersey State Chiefs of Police Association will be in charge of the exams.

Details about who will be eligible for consideration will be determined at a later time.

The resolution specifies Lt. Darren Dachisen as the officer in charge in Mantone's absence.

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

The acting chief appointment temporarily fills the vacancy left by . Trevena stays on the books as chief through Feb. 1 while collecting accrued sick and vacation time.

johnny boy August 14, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Once again our great governing body has made another appointment without knowing the facts. Look what they did in the Trevena matter. The logical move would be, to have a test ASAP with Dachisen and Mantone. It gets politics out of the mix and has a fair conclusion. These elected officials have no clue what is going on in the police department.
Mary-Jo Khan August 14, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Congratulations Jerry! I know you are the right man for the job!
Sandman August 14, 2012 at 02:03 PM
This appointment confirms every theory that the world is coming to an end. Bravo Madison Town Council for proving you truly are idiots that can be bought. Money = Power. It’s protocol at every police department and law enforcement agency that all promotion eligible candidates take a series of tests (written, oral, physiological, etc. – like was stated in the article). Until those tests are taken and scored, the person running a department should be the officer who was acting chief while the actual Chief was out of the office, sick, on vacation. This person would be the most qualified for the position because they would already know how to run a department in all of its aspects…to the best of my knowledge this person was never Mantone. I’m itching to wait and see how many lawsuits name this Chief as a defendant for his mistakes. My intuition tells me we’ll all find out soon enough.
DidUReallyJustSayThat August 14, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Given the way the Chief exited, would you really expect the council to leave his command structure in place for the next six months?
Dee August 14, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Congratulations Jerry. You are the right person to become the new chief.
Polly August 14, 2012 at 03:11 PM
well...not a surprise to anyone. exactly as stated above...money=power! not experience. Why wouldnt we go with the logical choice and keep the person who has at least temporary experience running the department!! Popularity contest!!
Kimberly Eppel August 14, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Congratulations Jerry! You are definitely the right person for the job!
ghost August 14, 2012 at 05:14 PM
What does this mean? "Details about who will be eligible for consideration will be determined at a later time." Mayor and Council members, TWO members of the department are eligible for the Chief position. Did you allow patrolmen consideration for Lieutenant or Captain? You cannot allow a Sergeant to jump three ranks! You will open this town up to countless lawsuits in the future!
Patrick Franklin August 14, 2012 at 05:15 PM
What exactly does the governing body know about police work? Do you really expect them to have a true understanding of it?
ghost August 14, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Congratulations Jerry Mantone! You face an uphill battle especially with the town council undermining you every step of the way! I wish you the best of luck in your future as acting chief!
Anthony Mazzocchi August 15, 2012 at 04:29 AM
congratulations jerry, a old friend jerry mazzocchi ,jr.
Laura August 16, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Congratulations Jerry! That's the best news I've heard all day.
James Sullivan August 18, 2012 at 12:06 AM
I went to the source of this and asked a council member about this. I was curious myself why Jerry was appointed to temp chief whilst not being the normal LT. to take over if the chief is on vacation. I was informed it was based on a combination of factors. Both LT. are qualified to run the department in the absence of the chief. You can look at their profiles to confirm this here http://www.rosenet.org/gov/police/pages/meet-the-officers . Jerry holds years in seniority on the force and as a LT. Also it would seem that the way the department is setup LT. Dachisen is more essential to the normal day to day of the department. It may have caused restructuring issues if LT. Dachisen taking over the temporary cheif role on top of his existing duties for this amount of time. His role titles would seem to keep him very very very busy. I have never actually seen him in person. Jerry being in charge of the Detective branch and having a focus on community relations I see quite often. I believe politics had little to do with the decision and it was more of a logistically based stance for the council to take.
mark herman August 19, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Wouldn't this be a perfect time to discuss merging the police department with our neighbors?
Patchisarag August 19, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Mark, just curious I know you mentioned in a previous article that you own property in Madison but do you actually live here? As a long time taxpayer I appreciate all my services which include the police. For what it costs a year to have one (i think the number I have heard being tossed around is anywhere from $500-$700 a year per household/business out of your property taxes) I prefer not to have other towns combined into mine. Even if we merged, would our taxes really go down? If you believe that I have a bridge in Madison to sell you and its not on greenwood or lorraine.
ghost August 19, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Absolutely NOT!!!! That is NOT what our community wants or needs!!! Shared services will increase our taxes as was true for Mine Hill! Mine Hill merged with Wharton. Their taxes have increased and they never see the Wharton police. This council wants to look "popular" because they think merging is the "IN" thing to do with regards to the crooked politicians in Trenton, but in reality, it will destroy what is important to us! It's pretty obvious that the mayor and council have deliberately brought the staffing in the police department down to unheard of numbers to try and merge with another town putting every person, business and officer in this town in danger. For the taxes I pay, I expect a well-run, well-staffed police department protecting me and my family! How dare this mayor and council shove something none of us want down our throats!
ghost August 19, 2012 at 03:03 PM
I would have been happier to hear that it was only a seniority issue. From what you wrote, you're saying that the other LT does all of the essential work in running the department that a chief would do and for that reason, he was skipped over for this appointment? What restructuring issues would have occurred? Lt Mantone could have taken over Lt Dachisen's responsibilities. I have met both men and found both to be great men. It seems more logical that our mayor and council are planning another coup that involves dimantling of the police department and that they feel they can wage their war better on one Lt. over another. I've talked to my friends and none of them want Madison to merge with another town. Don't try to fix what's not broken because you think you'll have more money to blow on things in town that we don't need. The mayor and council are trying to make a name for themselves at our expense!
mark herman August 19, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Well, if there was a bridge in Madison, and I do not recall one, it might be an option to sell it. Maybe that would help pay for that policeman the town cannot afford. There has to be a time that something has to give. Can't outsource janitors, can't merge police departments, can't cut back on library hours. Are there any places Madison can save?
Patchisarag August 19, 2012 at 04:22 PM
The problem is mark that they can afford it but choose not to. There is a difference. If this town was cash strapped like Camden or Trenton I would be in favor of anything that would help alleviate the problem but we are not. The portion of my taxes that pay the Police are so ridiculously low that I want my own Police Department. It costs me more a month for my cell phone that it does for public safety. One of the problems this town is having is the loss of the electric surplus due to the moronic deal that someone or some people made with buying electricity. If you ask me somebody should investigate that cluster and fire or criminally charge whoever was responsible. I hear that the deal is completed next year so in a couple of years this town will have so much money they won't know what to do with it. Maybe they can buy that bridge. The bottom line is the mayor and council obviously do not want to hire more police so the town becomes less and less safe. Like Ghost says for the money we pay in taxes I expect me and my family to be safe.
Anonymous August 19, 2012 at 05:59 PM
You keep shouting "Mine Hill," as if anyone in Madison has a clue what you are taking about. How about reading up on the issue and then explaining why MH thinks it got such a raw deal when it is obvious that they Saved Money AND Received Better Policing. They may not be able to handle annual 5.25% increases (who negotiated that type of escalator?), but whining about the cost and threatening to go elsewhere (you'll note they don't even pretend that they can afford their own police department) looks like negotiating tactics, not a valid complaint about the arrangement. http://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2012/08/mine_hill_considers_ending_wha.html http://www.njslom.org/interlocal_sharedpolicearticle.html Shared Services and/or Consolidation are the way to go, and the police department is the most expensive operation ($5M annually or 20% of the total budget) that the borough could easily combine or share with surrounding communities, with big savings for all. Before the council locks itself in and permanently hires a new chief, they should explore options with the Chathams, Harding, and even Florham Park. This should be the first questioned posed to all the council candidates by the citizens of Madison - Would you not only support, but promote, a Regional Police force if it could save money and improve police services?
Anonymous August 19, 2012 at 06:10 PM
James - Your explanation sounds like the council doesn't trust Lt. Mantone to handle the day-to-day operations of the MPD! Maybe you should go back to the unnamed official and get clarification, or ask them to issue a formal statement explaining the council's decision. The council should choose the person who is the Best Leader, not the person who is More Senior or better at Community PR. Given all that has happened in the past few years, they might want to consider outside candidates as well. Stuff happens when an organization becomes too insular.
Patchisarag August 19, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Spoken like a true councilperson/politician. First of all I'm sure those other towns, who are hiring Officers, would not want to consolidate with Madison and if they did it wouldn't be as easy as you think. What about salaries? Whose do you use? Chatham twp. patrolman - $109,238.85 Chatham boro patrolman - $113,624 (2011) Harding patrolman - $103,832 (2011) Madison patrolman - $93,929 (2011) http://php.app.com/NJpublicemployees12/search.php http://chatham.patch.com/articles/salaries-for-2011-chatham-township-employees What about equipment? Whose building do you use? And on and on. With regard to the budget the below link shows a 2012 recommended police budget of $3,573,294. If true far cry from the $5 million one you are citing. http://www.rosenet.org/uploads/3/2012recbudc.pdf (page 3 of 3 after page 40) One last link - http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/newjerseyhills.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/1/c4/1c457d84-5820-11e1-b908-001871e3ce6c/4f3c2a616cfb0.pdf.pdf We are only second to Morristown in index crimes per Officer when there was 31 in 2010. I wonder how much worse those number would be with a 26 man police department. The bottom line is Madison can afford to hire more police but the mayor and council choose not to. Unfortunately its going to take someone getting hurt, or worse, killed for them to do something about.
James Sullivan August 19, 2012 at 07:06 PM
The chief really is more of a liaison, to the state and the community, then running the detail work of the department. There has been no skipping over. LT Dachisen is doing his job. If LT. Dachisen became acting chief it would mean that LT. Mantone would switch his duty load to doing what LT. Dachisen was doing. Then another officer would have to fill in for LT. Mantone. It would not be an efficient transition in my opinion. Far from the council not trusting LT. Mantone. It is again the more logical fit. The chief is normally manages Project Community Pride. LT. Mantone already does this. The chief is the face and the voice of the department to the outside work. LT. Mantone does a this quite often as is. Finally with the appointment process I believe that the council may consider outside candidates for the position. This is one of the reasons for the temporary appointment. It allows the dust to settle and an overhaul of the process of appointing a new Police Chief.
James Sullivan August 19, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I know for a fact that the Mayor and council are by no means planning a COUP. I can speak nothing but good things for the Mayor and what he has done in office. I know both Ms, Vitale and Mr. Landrigan personally. No thoughts of conspiracy are passing their minds. If one thinks so one is being paranoid. Council President Tsukamoto may be a terse at times but again no coup brewing with her. She sternly examines the facts and information given to her and makes the decision she sees as best. Even if her decision is not a popular one. Councilwoman Tsukamoto is also the strongest and most vocal advocate to hire on a new police officers. Councilman Links , Esposito, and Catalanello stand by rest of the council in supporting Madison's police force. I would encourage both of you, Ghost and Anonymous to come to the council meetings and ask the mayor and council face to face. I go to every meeting that I can physically make it to. I missed one meeting ,due to work, in the last 6 months.
angelwings August 19, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I don't live in Madison, but I've been following the story of your police chief since it was reported on the dailyrecord site. The only word that comes to mind is dejavu! The mayor and council in Mount Arlington attempted to merge the police depart twice. Both times, the taxpayers came out in force to support the police! The mayor and council wasted $42,000 to have an outside firm do a study because they wanted the firm to recommend the merger. That $ could've been used to hire police. If you don't attend meetings, you have no idea how your local gov is wasting your tax dollars and how sneaky they are. Had the mayor & council gotten their way & Mt. Arlington merged with Roxbury, taxpayers would've saved about $100 the first year. That's it! I spend more in one night on dinner! Who would give up their police department to save so little? In a couple of years, no doubt there would've been increases! The structure of our towns isn't compatible with a regional dept.. One town would suffer! The town paying out would have to pay extra to meet needs as things come up. Ghost is spot on! Towns are wasting money on clocks, municipal buildings, pavers, etc. They mislead everyone by saying that they don't have money for police officers because that's what they think is popular right now. If they can waste money on pretty things, they can invest in your safety! They work for you and have to answer to you! You all have to get out there and let your voice be heard!
Anonymous August 19, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Your "budget" doesn't include the pension, health care, workman's comp or other personnel costs for the department. I only has salaries and OT. It also doesn't reflect the cost of outfitting the department's capital needs. If you scan through the actual budget - http://www.rosenet.org/uploads/3/2012recbudc.pdf, you should see the true costs: Sheet 14 - Building Costs - $75,000 Sheet 15 - Salaries & Wages - $3,600,000 Other Expenses - $260,000 Sheet 15d - Insurance (entire boro staff) - $600,000 (assume 25% of $2.3M of total based on % of total headcount) Sheet 17 - Utilities and Bulk Purchase - $200,000 (assume minimum of 30% of $700,000) Sheet 19 - Police & Fire Retirement - $750,000 (assume 75% of $1M) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Total - ~$5,500,000 You may find places of over- or under-estimation, but the $5M+ cost is real. The fact that we pay our officers less only means we might have to become the base for a regional force, with other members joining our PD at our PD's salaries. A 10% savings due to consolidation would equal a Half-a-Million $$$$. That's real money.
Anonymous August 19, 2012 at 08:19 PM
"The mayor and council wasted $42,000 to have an outside firm do a study because they wanted the firm to recommend the merger. That $ could've been used to hire police." Seriously??!! Could you really hire and outfit even one police officer for $42,000? The true cost is about 4 to 5 times that amount . . . Annually, not just the one time they paid for a study. As for the rest, it's all FUD - Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt. And it's how municipal employees scare residents into demanding that their local officials Do Nothing! Of course, later on, when residents get their tax bills, they complain endlessly about their escalating taxes without ever considering how their opposition to real money saving ideas locks them into the ever growing NJ Property Tax Nightmare. Wake Up people. If you want your property taxes to stop skyrocketing you need to support ideas that could SAVE YOU MONEY. The Status Quo is not your Friend, but it is for Public Sector, Unionized Employees.
ghost August 20, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Mr. Anonymous, I'm sure people in Madison now know exactly what I'm talking about when I bring up Mine Hill! People in Madison are intelligent! Thank you for providing those links that confirm what I have been trying to convey! I am guessing that your comprehension skills are lacking if you believe that Mine Hill saved money and received better services because that is not what I read! The article from the League of Municipalities (Mayors) was written in 2002/2003. Ten years ago! Sure, things were peachy then. Move up to the article you linked us to written just recently, Mine Hill CANNOT afford their agreement with Wharton for their police force any longer and are looking elsewhere. Of course Mine Hill is not going to publicly say that Wharton is not providing good police service, that would not be POLITICALLY CORRECT! Angelwings provided us with even more telling information. Angelwings said that if Mt. Arlington merged with Roxbury, the savings in the first year of merging would have been about $100! That's what you're going to roll out the FUD carpet for? Seriously??!! That doesn't seem like a good deal for Madison especially when we see that Mine Hill can no longer afford their merge with Wharton!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Our escalating taxes have been caused by both Trenton and our own town foolishly wasting money!!!!!! By the way, I'd gladly give up a $100. night out to keep my own police department too!
Bill Kingston August 21, 2012 at 03:07 AM
I agree with what has been said about sharing services, and in particular, emergency services. Savings are minimal at best and service almost always suffers where it can least be afforded in this critical area. And let's face it, any money saved is always spent elsewhere by politicians. It is never returned to the taxpayer. I hope this issue is never contemplated in Madison for emergency services. I feel very comfortable with my emergency services in Madison and it is money well spent in my opinion.
Anonymous August 21, 2012 at 05:07 AM
You couldn't have read all the material and still be raving about how Mine Hill got screwed. Ten years ago they couldn't even afford to hire a new chief of police. Wharton threw them a lifeline. The only mistake MH made was in agreeing to an escalator they couldn't afford. Now they are shopping their business around. Something they couldn't do if they still had a police department. I'm sure Roxbury, or some other surrounding community will offer them a good deal, after all, picking up a 3,000 person town with minimal criminal activity is a great gig. Either way, they'll still have a better policing force at a cheaper rate than they could afford today if the MHPD was still in existence. I will continue to point out that there aren't even suggesting that they would reform the department. Why is that? As for anecdotal evidence provided by someone (Angelwings) who's already made up their mind, it isn't worth the electrons it's stored on. If you read the story in full, you'll see that the fist year savings was about half of what would be saved each year going forward. After a decade, you'll have saved over $2,000 for the average homeowner. That's real money. And the cost of policing tends to increase by a higher than average amount So outsourcing the PD is the gift that keeps on giving. It's too bad that a few people who might see their public sector positions eliminated or changed have convinced sooo many that Change is a kin to the Apocalypse.

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