New Jersey’s Penns Grove Borough Council has decided on an alternative to hiring a public safety director — at least for now. We reported yesterday on the Feed the council was debating hiring a public safety director, with pushback from Mayor John Washington, who felt adding police officers would increase public safety.
The borough is now waiting for state approval to hire four new police officers — with serious salary cuts. if approved, the officers would get a starting salary of $35,000/year, down from $52,000.
Today’s Sunbeam reports the additional officers would round out shifts to three officers each, instead of the current two. More than 35 application have come in for the four positions, but hiring is on hold pending state approval.