FANWOOD, NJ -- Mayor Colleen Mahr and the Fanwood Council have issued a statement on the departure today of Police Chief Richard Trigo.

STATEMENT FROM MAYOR COLLEEN MAHR & BOROUGH COUNCIL

While we cannot comment as to the authenticity of the audiotape portraying alleged comments by Police Chief Trigo, we can address the concerns this episode raises.

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We are at a pivotal moment in our nation’s history, and it is incumbent upon your elected officials to create and foster a culture of accountability. Racism and discrimination of any kind have no home here but we recognize that in Fanwood deeply unresolved issues continue to exist and must be addressed.  Whether it be in our schools, in local government, police departments or the community, racism and discrimination must be challenged and we have begun that work.

Through the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Committee (TRTH), formed alongside members of the community in 2019, the Borough will continue to listen and learn and use the knowledge we gain to work towards healing the cultural divisions within our community and create real policy change.

We have zero tolerance for any form of racism or discrimination and as such take these allegations very seriously.

In light of the sudden stepping down of Chief Trigo we will be working with the Union County Prosecutor’s office to ensure continuity of operations and stability within the department.  Our greatest concern is for the safety of members of the Fanwood community and the police officers who serve.

Mayor Colleen Mahr
Council President Erin McElroy-Barker
Police Commission/Councilman Anthony Carter
Councilwoman Katherine Mitchell
Councilwoman Patricia Walsh
Councilman Jeffrey Banks
Councilwoman Francine Glaser

Related: Union County Prosecutor’s Office Assumes Responsibility of the Fanwood Police Department