NJ.com: Newark’s police chief is suspended

NJ.com: Newark’s police chief is suspended
A spat at City Hall results in a five-day suspension of the NPD’s top policeman.

The rare disciplinary action — the first of a Newark police chief in more than 20 years, according to law enforcement officials — came after a meeting yesterday afternoon between McCarthy and Mayor Cory Booker and their aides. Shortly afterward, McCarthy issued an order suspending Campos beginning at 3 p.m. Monday until 3 p.m. Saturday. A copy of the order was obtained by The Star-Ledger.

Campos, who makes $140,870 annually will continue to receive his pay during the suspension, according to the order. Campos did not respond to messages left at his office and by e-mail.

A spokeswoman for Booker would not confirm the suspension, and McCarthy declined to comment.

Campos’ decision to overturn McCarthy’s transfers was sparked by a disagreement between McCarthy and Booker’s chief of staff, Pablo Fonseca, who has demanded to be consulted on personnel moves within the police department, according to the officials.

The dispute highlights a common disagreement in many New Jersey municipalities that have both a civilian police director and a sworn police chief. For many years in Newark, the director has had ultimate authority over day-to-day operations of the police department. But McCarthy has faced pockets of resistance, including a lawsuit filed by the Superior Officers Union challenging his authority.

Author: Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Newarker, PCA Elder, Business Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.

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