According to the Press of Atlantic City, a judge ruled that the City of Brigantine must reinstate acting police chief, Ray Cox. Captain Cox filed suit in July, alleging the city illegally demoted him. The ruling says that Brigantine officials violated Captain Cox’s due process right to hearing and he is entitled to back pay for the time he would have worked as acting chief.
City Manager Jennifer Blumenthal, who is also named in the suit, said she was unaware of the ruling and declined comment pending review by the city’s attorneys. According to Cox’s suit, he appointed several officers to fill positions on a temporary basis “in order to properly staff the command personnel” while Blumenthal was on vacation earlier this year. When she returned about two weeks later, Cox was stripped of his title via a memorandum May 14.
In the past year, Brigantine has been in the midst of contentious labor union contract negotiations.