JERSEY CITY – Senior members of the administration of outgoing Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy said Monday that Jersey City Police Chief Thomas Comey and a number of top brass in the Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) plan to submit retirement papers before Mayor-Elect Steven Fulop takes the helm this summer.
City Spokeswoman Jennifer Morrill insists these retirements have not been confirmed.
According to two members of the Healy administration, Comey and more than a dozen senior JCPD staff who are eligible for retirement have either begun the paperwork necessary to retire or have stated their intention to retire this summer. As many as 15 senior members of the department could be leaving, according to one source.
“Why would they stay? Fulop did nothing but criticize their work,” this source said. “He has made it clear he doesn’t want them in the department.”
Fulop said last wee that a reorganization of the JCPD is among his top priorities and during the mayoral campaign he said “new leadership” was needed within the department.
But Morrill said that while several members of the department are eligible for retirement, including Chief Comey, there is no mass exodus from the JCPD.
“Chief Comey and numerous officers have completed 25 years of service in the JCPD and are eligible for retirement. It’s a personal choice, and if and when they officially submit their retirement papers, the proper notification will be made,” Morrill said. “Right now, everyone is hearing a lot of rumors, but we have not received any official notification and at this point nothing has been confirmed.” – E. Assata Wright