Hoboken “Damage Control”
Meet new Public Safety Director “Chief Bill Bergin”.
A Hoboken411 reader sent this note in about the appointment of the new Public Safety Director post:
“Dear Hoboken 411,
Under the Law Any retired municipal worker collecting a Pension can’t earn more than 15K a year from the municipality they earned their pension in.
If Roberts was serious he’d appoint a retired Police Chief from another city or ask for recommendations from the DCA.
This is just a smokescreen.”
Mayor Roberts will announce a new job in Hoboken today to oversee the HPD and HFD.
Charles Hack, from the Jersey Journal reported:
“Hoboken Mayor David Roberts is scheduled to announce the creation of a new public safety director post at 1 this afternoon in the wake of new revelations about his cops’ trip south to help out after Hurricane Katrina.
Retired Deputy Fire Chief and curator of the city’s fire museum Bill Bergin will be named to the $27,000-a-year full-time post to oversee the city’s investigation into allegations contained in a lawsuit by five Hoboken Police Officers that one of the department’s lieutenants is an “unabashed white supremacist” and ordered four of the plaintiffs to work on in his Verona house during police time, city spokesman Bill Campbell told The Jersey Journal.
Bergin will be over Police Chief Carmen LaBruno and Fire Chief John Cassesa, Campbell said.
The lawsuit was filed last month. Just yesterday, new pictures and video released to the media show the officer at the center of the scandal, Lt. Angelo Andriani, posing with Hooters girls holding heavy weaponry in front of SWAT vehicles while in Alabama on the way back from the Katrina relief trip.