Brigantine Ignores Order to Reinstate Acting Chief of Police

Brigantine officials have decided to ignore a court order, and not reinstate former acting police chief, Captain Ray Cox. It was back on October 28th when the order was given. Brigantine taxpayers could be on the hook for fines of $1,000 per day until Cox is put back in place.

According to The Press of Atlantic City, Mr. Cox has been a part of the Brigantine Police department for 24 years. A judge ruled that Brigantine officials violated due process right and ordered that Cox should be reinstated until a new chief is hired or Cox is legally removed and that Cox is entitled to back pay for the time he would have worked as acting chief.

Cox is still serving as captain of the force. Also in the Press of AC….Mayor Phil Guenther declined to comment about the specifics of Cox’s case, but said he believes the lack of permanent chiefs has left the city vulnerable to litigation. “My feeling, in general, is that we could avoid all of these issues if the majority of council would reinstate the chiefs of police, fire and beach patrol and eliminate the public safety director,” he said.

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1 thought on “Brigantine Ignores Order to Reinstate Acting Chief of Police”

  1. The city is correct; the order needs to be appealed and the three positions eliminated. The idea of anyone in an “acting” position having the rights of the position is off the wall. It would be even better to have a county PD and FD like they have had in DL for 40 years, but that may be a bridge too far in NJ!

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