SPRINGFIELD, NJ - With a building full of water-damaged police records on their hands, the Springfield Township committee has hired a part-time-employee to properly dispose of them.

Retired Detective Lieutenant Judd Levinson, who served with the Springfield Police department from 1979 to 2017 will be tasked with going through the thousands of files that are currently being stored in the Department of Public Works (DPW) facility and disposing of them in a legally acceptable manner. Police Chief John Cook mentioned during the meeting that Levinson's prior knowledge and clearance about the sensitive cases during his time with the department and his experience with policies for record retention and destruction are both positives that made it possible to select him for the job.

For his work in properly disposing of the records, Levinson will be compensated in the amount of no more than $7,500, and will not receive any extra benefits.

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Speaking after the meeting with TAPinto Springfield, Committeeman Chris Capodice said that clearing the damaged records would be positive for the town, and would be done properly with Levinson in the mix.

"I think it would be a great advantage to the DPW to utilize that space," Capodice said. "I think we are, as a township committee, making the right decision by having the qualified person go through those files."

Capodice also said that any potential mold issues stemming from the condition of the files would be remediated immediately

The other major order of business in what was a relatively short meeting was the reading of two proclamations by the committee. One proclamation read at the meeting declared October 2018 as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The other proclamation declared October 7-13 as Mental Illness Awareness Week.

The declaration of Mental illness Awareness Week dovetails with what the township has recently done to improve the conversation around mental illness in Springfield. Back in June, the township partnered with the Codey Fund for Mental Health to put up signs declaring Springfield a stigma-free town.

The next township committee meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7:00 p.m. in the Municipal Building.