April 29, 2016
Dear Residents and Property Owners of the Borough of Peapack
Earlier this year, the Borough Council contracted for an
analysis of the Staffing Requirements and Manpower Utilization of the Peapack
& Gladstone Police Department. In the interest of fiduciary responsibility,
the Council commissioned the report to obtain an objective, third-party
substantiation of the Department’s request for additional resources.
The analysis was conducted by the former Police Chief and
also Administrator of Belmar, NJ, Mr. Richard Lynch. The report was prepared so as to provide an
objective opinion on the staffing and assignments within our Police Department.
Further, conducting such an analysis was endorsed by our Police Chief Gregory
Mr. Lynch performed his due diligence from January through
March, which included interviews with Chief Skinner, PBA President Owen Duff, (former)
Administrator Hector Herrera and other members of our Police Department. Hard
copies of the report were received this past week and immediately distributed
to Mayor Muller, the Borough Council, Chief Skinner and PBA President Duff.
Shortly thereafter, word of the “Lynch Report” appeared on
social media and in an article on The Bernardsville News website.
Considering the intimate nature of our Borough, this was not at all surprising.
Unfortunately, it appears that the publicity focused on three paragraphs
towards the end of the report where Mr. Lynch suggested consideration of
contracted Police Services with another community. The publicity neglected the
bulk of the report which detailed Mr. Lynch’s analysis of Department staffing.
Because issues regarding our Police Department are so very
important to our Residents and Property Owners, a copy of the report may be
read by selecting the link below. Please be assured that the Borough Council,
Police Committee and Police Department will work constructively together to
address the report’s recommendations. Further, constructive public feedback is
always welcome either in writing or by attendance at the regularly scheduled
Borough Council meetings.
Police Department Staffing Analysis and Utilization of CurrentManpower Study
Mark A. Corigliano
Mark A. Corigliano
Chairman – Police Committee
Borough of Peapack & Gladstone