Brigantine Preps to Hire Fire & Police Chiefs

The City of Brigantine Beach will soon have new police and fire chiefs. On July 2, look for City manager Blumenthal to get the OK for entering into contracts with the two new department heads. These fast-tracked announcements are the result of a recent ousting of Dan Howard, the former acting Public Safety Director.

Mr. Howard and the PSD position was ‘voted’ off the island via a special election a few weeks back. it’s well known that the Brigantine public employee unions were not fond of Mr. Howard’s efforts to remove inefficiencies within the police and fire departments. Brigantine Republican Mayor Phil Guenther, was at one time, supportive of the Public Safety position when it was held by ex-cop and former city manager; Jim Barber.

Mr. Barber held the City Manager and Public Safety Directer positions at the same time. Barber negotiated the rich union contracts the city says it can no longer afford. See Brigantine Firefighter Contract here.

Brigantine Public Safety Employees did not like being told “No” by Mr. Howard. So they devised a way to remove him.

Mr. Howard’s struggle to stop so-called ‘self-serve’ overtime was just one example of the inefficiencies uncovered during his short tenure in Brigantine.

Abbott & Costello Explain Brigantine Overtime

Brigantine has finally made a little headway with the Brigantine Firefighters Union. An agreement was reached where the city can reduce the starting salary of new full-time firefighters to $35,000. The previous starting salary was $45,635.

The Brigantine City Manager is expected to hire two new full-time firefighters in the coming weeks.


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1 thought on “Brigantine Preps to Hire Fire & Police Chiefs”

  1. Why did it take so long for the City Manager to reduce the starting salaries and hire the necessary new Fireman? This proposal to reduce salaries of new hires was suggested months ago by Councilman Simpson. Instead her attention was focused on creating a permanent position for Dan Howard her cohort from her former position in Mt. laurel Nj. Mr. Howard’s salary, the unnecessary expense of a special election and the one-sided position of the other members of City Council cost the taxpayers of Brigantine tens of thousands of dollars. While leaving the Fire Department understaffed and overpaid due to overtime costs. Shame on you, the other members of City Council who played partisan politics and failed to prevent the waste of Tax Payer’s money.

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