WESTFIELD, NJ — Effective immediately, Police Chief David Wayman is retiring from the Westfield Police Department “after consultation with the Union County Prosecutor’s office and the town’s labor counsel,” Mayor Shelley Brindle announced Wednesday morning.

Captain Chris Battiloro  is being appointed acting chief of police for now, according to the press release.

Brindle indicated in her announcement that more information about why Wayman is leaving will be released when possible. According to the press release,“The town remains fully compliant in terms of the amount of information it is able to release on this topic, and it intends to provide additional details at the appropriate time. The immediate focus is informing Westfield residents of this important change and moving forward with the critical process of identifying a new chief.”

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Mayor Brindle said that Town Administrator Jim Gildea will discuss the details of the search process for a new permanent chief of police in the coming weeks with the town council.

“As with any personnel change of this magnitude, it’s critical that we complete a thorough search for a police chief who will lead by example and instill a culture of trust and accountability,” Brindle said in the press release. “I am committed to a process that is worthy of the outstanding and dedicated members of our police department, as well as the residents they serve.”

Wayman has served as chief of police in Westfield since 2012.