PARSIPPANY, NJ - Municipal Court Judge Joseph Deming held a probable cause hearing on May 7, 2019 for a complaint of Official Misconduct, a 3rd degree crime against Parsippany's retired Police Chief Paul Philipps. After researching the matter, reviewing all of the documents submitted to the Court and hearing oral arguments, Judge Deming determined on July 5, 2019 that there was probable cause to charge former Police Chief Paul Philipps with Official Misconduct. The complaint was signed by retired Police Captain James Carifi. According to Parsippany's Municipal Court Clerk, the matter was transferred to Montville Municipal Court due to the conflict of interest of Paul Philipps being previously employed by the Township of Parsippany as its Police Chief.
Judge Deming found probable cause that Philipps allegedly withheld police department records that are mandated to be released to the public.
The complaint from the Parsippany Police Department states that the "PTHPD violated its Policy and Procedures, and did not comply with the New Jersey Attorney General Internal Affairs Policy and Procedures (aka Guidelines), when it failed to release the reports you requested". It goes on to state “The PTHPD was required to make the reports available to the public, and erred when it failed to release them at your request".
Philipps was represented in Court by Denis Driscoll. Attorney's Thomas Hanrahan and Robert Renaud were also in attendance representing the Township of Parsippany. The Complaint was presented in Court by attorney's Ed Bilinkas and Christopher Deininger on behalf of Carifi.
Philipps is due to appear back in court on July 24, 2019.
Philipps retired from the Parsippany Police Department shortly after Mayor Soriano took office. The Township is currently in the process of paying Philipps $423,734.35 for unused time upon his retirement.