Little Egg Harbor Hires Three New Police Officers

Jan 10, 2018

Little Egg Harbor Police Chief Richard Buzby has been selected by Governor-elect Phil Murphy to serve on the bipartisan transition team representing the chiefs of police for the state of New Jersey’s Law and Public Safety Commission.

During the Dec. 14 township municipal meeting, Buzby said he was honored and would try to do his best. He then introduced three new police officers who will be filling vacancies in the Little Egg Harbor Police Department. Christopher Myers is a Navy veteran who served from 2009 to 2015 in the African and Persian Gulf conflicts. He was hired by the township in 2015 as a class II school resource officer and served with distinction in that post, said Buzby. Jonathan Papernik served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2002 to 2009 and is a veteran of the Operation Iraq Enduring Freedom conflict. He served as a Class I officer in Lakehurst before being recruited by the township. Erica Von Figlio has a 2016 B.A. in criminal justice from Westchester College and did her internship with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, said Buzby. She served a year in Somers Point as a class II officer and is hired as a class II special officer for the township.

“These are three very fine individuals who will serve the community well,” said the chief. “They all live in Little Egg Harbor, and they are not additions to the force, they are replacements,” he noted.

The township has received its Community Rating System update to a class six rating; that means a flood insurance savings of 20 percent for those residents who qualify. The discount will become effective on May 1. Committeewoman Lisa Stevens and Committeeman John Kehm thanked township engineers Jim Oris and Jason Worth of T&M Associates and team members Diane Gallupo and Mark Ellis.

“It’s an important discount, and they all came together for a great team effort,” added Mayor Ray Gormley.

The township was able to amass 2,159 points for its flood-rating discount and will continue to get more.

Kehm said homes would not get the discount unless they are compliant. Reasons for noncompliance might be not having enough flood vents in a foundation or failure to raise a house to the correct elevation. He said there were a number of mistakes found on elevation certificates that were corrected by the zoning office, and advised residents in flood zones to contact their flood insurance carrier to check if they will receive the discount.

In other news, the township committee approved a three-year contract with Local 255 of the service workers union that includes the construction code inspectors. They received the standard 2 percent raise.

— Pat Johnson

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