FANWOOD, NJ – The Fanwood Police have "taken corrective action" following a post made by an employee on the department’s Facebook page that commented on the candidacy of Jay Morris, a Republican who is running for Borough Council.

Morris lodged a complaint at the Fanwood Council’s agenda meeting at Borough Hall last Monday after he saw a post on Facebook questioning his age (24) and his experience as a qualified candidate for Council in November’s election. The post was removed from social media.

On Monday evening, it was brought to my attention that a member of the Fanwood Police Department had made a political comment using the Department’s official Facebook account.

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The Fanwood Police Department takes this matter seriously and after a review it has addressed the employee responsible and reinforced to them the Borough’s policy regarding such conduct to ensure it does not occur in the future. 

While the employee was authorized to use the official Fanwood Police Facebook account, the comment in no way reflects the opinions of, or are condoned by the Fanwood Police Department. Access to the account has been adjusted and administrative/corrective action has been taken.

-- Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo

"I am satisfied with the way that it was handled," Morris told TAPintoSPF. "I would just like for the person who made the post to know that I did not take any offense and that I completely understand their mistake."

Morris also told TAPintoSPF that he was "very impressed with how seriously it was handled" by Chief Trigo and Councilman Anthony Carter, the Council's liaison to the police department.

Morris is running with Brian Walter on the Republican ticket, which is offering only two candidates for three seats in Fanwood against Democrats Kathy Mitchell, Jeff Banks and Francine Glaser. Mayor Colleen Mahr is running unopposed. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.