By Kyle Orlowicz / Reporter
LYNDHURST (Dec. 10, 2010) — With last month’s retirement of three ranking Lyndhurst Police officials, the township’s municipal budget will see some relief from public safety spending this year.
According to contracts obtained from the Lyndhurst clerk’s office, Deputy Chief Charles Giangeruso made more than $141,000 in salary last year; while lieutenants Joseph Turner and James Chimento made $121,000 each. All three retired last month.
According to Lyndhurst Public Safety Commissioner Robert Giangeruso, while the two lieutenant posts will most likely have to be replaced, the appointment of a new deputy chief is “on hold.”
In an interview with The Leader, Giangeruso blamed the nature of police contracts for Lyndhurst’s inability to avoid spending money on promoting officers.
“As far as promotions, sometimes my hand is forced to make promotions because of overtime,” he argued. “If I don’t, under contract they have to have so many lieutenants or sergeants on a shift. If they’re not replaced, I have to bring somebody in, which is a 12-hour day plus time and a half. It would be a lot more money than making a promotion.”
Giangeruso did not say for sure that promotions would be made to the vacant lieutenant posts, saying that he would assess the situation and decide.
He also mentioned that he was aware of the state of the struggling economy, though his ideas for cutbacks are incredibly modest in the wake of massive police layoffs throughout New Jersey.
At last month’s commissioners meeting, Mayor Richard DiLascio would not say for sure whether new officers would be hired to replace those who retired.
Although, he did allow that there is no current plan to do so.