Little Egg Harbor Promotes Four in Police Department

May 23, 2018
Photo by: Pat Johnson Little Egg Harbor Patrol Officer Sean Crotty is joined by his family as he is promoted to Sergeant during the May 10 municipal meeting. Chief Richard Buzby looks on as township attorney Jean Cipriani gives the oath of office.

Four police officers were promoted by the Little Egg Harbor Township Committee on Thursday, May 10. The governing body also introduced an ordinance to create the position of deputy chief of police. Chief of Police Richard Buzby and the New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission had recommended the new position.

Business Administrator Garrett Loesch said, “This position is part of the administrative tools for restructuring the police department.”

The township’s department has successfully completed the police accreditation process and is waiting for the diploma to present to the town.

Lt. James D. Hawkins, a 20-year veteran of the force, was promoted to captain; Sgt. Jeffrey Moran, an 18-year veteran, was promoted to lieutenant; Patrol Officer Sean P. Crotty, a 13-year veteran and head of  ‘The Explorers’ law enforcement program that serves as a career path for young people, was promoted to sergeant; and school resource special officer Erica M. Bonfiglio, hired in November, was promoted to a full-time patrol officer; she has her BA in criminal justice.

Buzby also presented the township with a Blue Lives Matter flag that was given to him by the 200 Club of Ocean County during a recent evening honoring first responders. Buzby was honored for his position as president of the New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police.

Committeewoman Lisa Stevens was the first to congratulate the officers. “I sincerely thank you. You protect us here in Little Egg Harbor; it’s an honor to sit here and see you rise in your careers and in service to Little Egg Harbor.”

Committeewoman Barbara Jo Crea said, “I applaud your families for all they sacrifice. You’re beautiful.”

Committeman David Schlick gave a succinct “Congratulations”; Committeeman John Kehm noted that he and “Jimmy” had attended school together. “Best of luck in the future and thanks again.”

Mayor Ray Gormley said, “This is truly important. The residents see the protection these guys provide to us. You guys should be proud of yourselves.”

The committee also adopted a land use ordinance requiring sanitary sewer systems to be at least 100 feet from a lagoon.

The township also introduced ordinance 2018-08 to bond $4.25 million to pay for the replacement of the stormwater drainage collection system on Twin Lakes Boulevard and for repaving the street. The project to replace the infrastructure in this part of Mystic Island is in its second year. Water and sanitary systems are being paid for through the municipal utility authority’s bonding.

The New Jersey Infrastructure Bank will underwrite the bonds for a low interest rate, and it sometimes “forgives” the debt, said Loesch.

Township Engineer Jason Worth said the township will put the contract for the drainage and paving of Twin Lakes back out to bid, as the first bids were not acceptable.

Worth said he asked the county about progress on the “Park and Ride” commuter parking lot planned for the Garden State 58 Interchange out Route 539 and was told the project is still waiting for the final approval from the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, which controls the GSP.

The engineer also passed along a request to do a study to determine if a left-hand turning arrow is warranted for the Oak Lane/Radio Road intersection now that a major housing development has been built on that corner.

He also asked for the county to consider striping a crosswalk on Mathistown Road near the Park Plaza Apartments.

Gormley said he and the township attorney had met with representatives of the Pinelands Commission to inquire about using the former dump site on Forge Road as a temporary dredge spoils site. Attorney Jean Cipriani said it was a preliminary request and no formal application had been made as the site is also being considered for a police shooting range.

“We’re trying to determine which of either use the Pinelands Commission is agreeable to,” she said.

When reconvening after an executive session, the committee voted to settle a 2017 Employee Protection Act lawsuit filed by code enforcement officer Michael Fromosky against the township. Fromosky will receive $300,000 from the Ocean County Joint Insurance Fund.

— Pat Johnson

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