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Retirement Plans for Maplewood Police Chief Almost Finalized; National Search for Replacement Planned

Robert Cimino Credits: File photo - 2016

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - At their meeting on Tuesday, September 19, the Maplewood Township Committee discussed retirement plans for Police Chief Robert Cimino, who was placed on administrative leave and asked to resign on August 1 for his part in police misconduct following the July 5, 2016 fireworks.

Maplewood Township officials are close to a deal with Cimino that will likely lead to his retirement, but it is not yet finalized, stated Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca. DeLuca also stated that it is expected to happen soon, and that the Township Committee will vote on it at their meeting on October 3.

Once the agreement with Cimino is finalized, the Township will undergo a national search for the new Police Chief, said DeLuca.

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Maplewood Police Capt. Joshua Cummis, who was placed on leave last month for his part in the July 5, 2016, incidents of police abuse, is filing a lawsuit against Maplewood and the Town Council, stated DeLuca.

The Township Committee on Sept. 5 unanimously approved a resolution that gives Cummis $37,218.27 in compensation, including more than $14,000 in compensatory time and more than $22,000 in vacation credits. 

The Township has also hired an outside consultant, Hillard Heintze of Chicago, to review the July 5 incidents and the township’s overall police procedures. That report is expected before the end of September.

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