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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Westfield Police Chase

Westfield police chase ends in accident. Eyewitness account posted on social media contradicts TAPintoScotchPlains press release. 



Photo credit to TAP


Monday, October 15, 2018

Corrupt Westfield Police Chief Collects Lump Sum Check

Corrupt Westfield Police Chief David Wayman abruptly resigned on August 1, 2018.  Wayman was the target of a Union County Prosecutor’s office investigation into alleged misconduct.  (See previous TFOTM coverage)

A $26,047.32 payment was made to the disgraced police chief 12 days after his resignation.......there’s a pot of gold at the end of the WPD rainbow and Wayman cashed in.

Town officials had previously confirmed Wayman received no payout for accrued sick time.
https://patch.com/new-jersey/westfield/westfields-retired-police-chief-not-receiving-sick-time-payout




Monday, October 01, 2018

What did Skibitsky and Council Know about Corrupt Police Chief

April 25, 2012 at 7:01 AM
WESTFIELD, NJ - At the April 24 Westfield town council meeting, Police Captain David Wayman officially became Chief Wayman when he was sworn in by Acting Mayor Jo Ann Neylan.

At the beginning of the town council meeting, Neylan said, “Mayor (Andy) Skibitsky regrets that he cannot be here. Only illness could keep him away.” She read a letter from Skibitsky thanking retiring Police Chief John Parizeau for his years of hard work and dedication and congratulating Wayman, as well as thanking all of those who volunteered in Westfield for Earth Day.
Wayman’s swearing-in was received by the crowd with thunderous applause and a standing ovation by most of those present. Many in the room were police officers from Westfield and other nearby towns.

“That was the first time I ever received a standing ovation,” responded Wayman. He thanked the mayor and town council for their confidence in him.
“I will not let you down, nor will I let down the residents of Westfield,” said Wayman. 

Wayman, who has been with the department for 24 years, will immediately succeed Chief John Parizeau.

Following Tuesday evening's regular meeting, Mayor Andy Skibitsky, members of the Town Council and Town Administrator Jim Gildea met in a private executive session and returned approximately 20 minutes later to make the announcement.

Councilwoman JoAnn Neylan, chair of the public safety, transportation and parking committee, said it was her "pleasure and honor" to introduce the resolution to name Wayman chief.

"I think the public over the next few weeks will get a chance to meet soon-to-be Chief Wayman, now Capt. Wayman, and I just want to say I hope they'll be very impressed with him," Skibitsky said. "He's going to be a great police chief. He's had the experience of working under our past chief for over six and a half years and has done a wonderful job and so I'm very excited that we're going to be voting on this tonight and I'm very excited Capt. Wayman is going to become our next chief, assuming our Council approves that." 

Following the meeting, Gildea said Wayman, 46, a Westfield resident, has been with the department for the past 24 years. For the past 11, he has risen through the ranks, serving as sergeant, lieutenant and captain. Wayman could possibly remain in his new position for the next 19 years, as the mandatory retirement age is 65.

"He has worked in every facet of the department with the exception of the records bureau," Gildea said. 



Gildea said according to the town code, the chief of police is recommended by the Town Administrator with the consent of the mayor and the approval of the Town Council. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

When Discipline Becomes Excessive, Vindictive, and Retaliatory

In any para military organization, discipline is necessary to keep order and remind those committing offenses that they are going to be held accountable for their actions.  Discipline must be firm but also fair, not excessive or retaliatory in nature.

In a police department, the police chief is responsible for determining the officers penalties resulting from a departmental infraction(s).  Criminal offenses are forwarded to the appropriate authority for investigation, usually landing in the lap of a county prosecutor or state attorney general.

The rank and file of the Westfield Police Department is breathing a sigh of relief with the recent removal of ex-police chief David Wayman.

Wayman’s forced resignation on  August 1, 2018 after a Union County Prosecutor’s office investigation into his alleged misconduct has changed the atmosphere in the basement of 425 E. Broad Street where the police department is housed.

Under Wayman’s command, officers were subjected to punitive punishment in excess of what would be deemed firm and fair, including loss of vacation time, suspensions, removal from access to overtime, monetary fines, demotion in rank, and termination from employment.

Many officers questioned why Wayman, who was involved in numerous departmental infractions and alleged criminal behavior, could sit in judgement of anyone.  Fortunately, for Wayman, he was protected during his years as a corrupt police officer, by disgraced police chief Bernard Tracy who would eventually resign from the police department mired in his own scandals.

What discipline did David Wayman receive for having his department issued firearm stolen and used in the commission of a crime while he was entertaining himself in a Route 22 Go-Go bar.
What discipline did David Wayman receive for leaving the town of Westfield without permission while on patrol duty?
What discipline did David Wayman receive when he berated and harassed a cadet at the police academy?
What discipline did David Wayman receive for berating and harassing another police officer, who signed a criminal complaint against him, which if found guilty he would’ve been forced to forfeit his job? Despite the criminal complaint being withdrawn, what departmental discipline did he face?
What discipline did David Wayman face when he was involved in the hit & run accident at the Westfield conservation center?
What discipline or criminal charges will David Wayman face due to matters pending?

The list of Wayman’s alleged misconduct and past transgressions in the line of duty is lengthy.


Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Corrupt Police Chief Loses Sick Time Payout

Disgraced former Westfield police chief David Wayman will not receive any sick time payout from the town after his sudden resignation on August 1, 2018.

Wayman had accumulated at least 90 sick days, the maximum amount allowed to be “banked” and saved for a substantial payout upon retirement.

A source not authorized to speak on behalf of the police department has indicated the loss of sick time payout is allegedly a result of the Union County Prosecutors Office investigation into Wayman’s misconduct, forcing his resignation as police chief.

Additional coverage at the following links

https://patch.com/new-jersey/westfield/westfields-retired-police-chief-not-receiving-sick-time-payout

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/westfield/articles/no-pay-day-for-westfield-pd-chief-who-retired-suddenly


Friday, September 21, 2018

Fire on South Ave.

6:52am. 9/21/18
The Westfield fire department responded to Mavis Tire & Auto Center on South Ave. at approx 6:30am. today to extinguish a fire on the roof of the building.
It appears that the buildings HVAC unit located on the roof was on fire according to an eyewitness that had seen flames coming from the unit.
Firefighters were quick to put out the fire before it could spread to other parts of the building.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Positive Proactive Partnership with Police

The Fact of The Matter applauds this partnership in an effort to reestablish Westfield’s community policing concept.






Another Accident Waiting to Happen

Westfield school crossing guards provide a valuable service assisting our children across busy intersections on their way to and from school.

State law gives a crossing guard the authority to stop traffic with their handheld “STOP” paddle to allow gaps in traffic for pedestrians to safely cross a street.

There is no state law that gives a crossing guard the authority to stand in the middle of the street and direct a vehicle through a STOP sign in violation of Title 39 motor vehicle law.

The intersection of Rahway Ave & Grove St., in front of Edison Intermediate School, is one of the busiest pedestrian crossings in town for students walking to and from school.  The intersection has been the scene of multiple accidents involving pedestrians and motor vehicles.

In the picture below, the crossing guard stood in the roadway for several minutes, absent any pedestrians, and directed vehicles through the STOP sign, controlling Grove St., in violation of N.J. motor vehicle law governing crossing guards authority.

This illegal practice has been condoned by the Westfield police department’s traffic safety bureau for years, in order to facilitate the flow of traffic backed up at busy intersections around schools.  It’s a safety hazard whether students are present or not.

Often, a crossing guards hand gestures to motor vehicles can be confusing, causing those with the right of way to think they may proceed when the crossing guard is allowing vehicles from the STOP sign controlled street to enter the intersection. This is when accidents can occur.

Representatives from three separate insurance companies, State Farm, All-State, and N.J. Manufacturers, all stated that the motorist at a STOP sign must stop and yield the right of way to oncoming traffic before they proceed safely.

When asked if the presence of a crossing guard directing traffic through a STOP sign relieved a motorist of their legal responsibility to stop, each insurance company representative said “no.”  Even if pedestrians are present and crossing the street while the crossing guard holds up a handheld “STOP” paddle to stop all traffic, the crossing guard does not have the legal authority to instruct motor vehicles to proceed through a STOP sign without first coming to a complete stop.

The crossing guard does not have the authority to hold up motor vehicle traffic on the through street, in this case the vehicles on Rahway Ave., in absence of crossing pedestrians.

More egregious is the parking of a motor scooter in the intersection where “No Parking” is posted.

Again, as previously stated, the intersection in front of Edison Intermediate school has been the scene of pedestrian/vehicle accidents and the added distraction of a motor scooter parked illegally, within 20 feet of a crosswalk, contributes to the mayhem.

This is another accident waiting to happen.


Saturday, September 15, 2018

Assumption About Transparency Merits Retraction of Blog Story


The Fact of The Matter has retracted a blog story recently published, after additional information was obtained that supports the integrity of Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle’s administration, regarding the transparency of information disseminated in the wake of Westfield police chief David Wayman’s sudden resignation. 

TFoTM questioned the administration’s lack of transparency for failing to communicate, to the public, intimate details of the circumstances surrounding the resignation.

State law prohibits the administration from disclosing the circumstances surrounding the administration’s decision to enter into a settlement with the disgraced police chief, ultimately facilitating his resignation. 

Wayman resigned abruptly on August 1, 2018 in the wake of a Union County Prosecutor’s office investigation.  

The investigation into the police chief’s alleged misconduct, including a “hit & run” accident at the Westfield conservation center on Lamberts Mill Rd., commenced after TFoTM exposed Wayman’s alleged cover-up, of the accident, to town officials. 

TFoTM’s decision to retract the original story that questioned the transparency of the Brindle administration’s decision to remain silent on the details of the Wayman resignation, was made to reflect the facts and not an opinion. 











Friday, September 14, 2018

Administrative Decisions are in the Hands of the Administration


The attorney General Guidelines on internal affairs states: 

"Where county prosecutor has decided to terminate a criminal investigation and return the matter to the agency for appropriate disciplinary action [...] "The 45 day rule will apply.”

Once the Prosecutor determined he would bring no criminal charges, he could be asked to provide the subject of the investigation, and all named witnesses, with use immunity which would bar the use of their testimony in a criminal prosecution of each.

If the Prosecutor did not want to bring criminal charges, or felt there were no criminal acts, what reason could he have for refusing to grant use immunity?

Failure of a witness or accused to answer a question in an administrative hearing is grounds for dismissal.

The Town was not bound to spend years in litigation. It could hold its own hearing, obtain evidence, and come to a conclusion within thirty days.

The burden of proof in a disciplinary hearing is "by a preponderance of the evidence" not the more difficult criminal standard of "beyond a reasonable doubt."

How long would or could officers fight where they are forced to testify?

"Administrative Decisions are in the hand of the Administration." "If the Prosecutor has declared no criminal action will be taken, then the Town is free to correct or condone."

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Corrupt Police Chief’s Pension Application Approved?

Did Westfield town officials sign off on corrupt Westfield police chief David Wayman’s retirement pension application?

Wayman resigned on August 1, 2018 during a Union County Prosecutor’s office investigation.  Wayman was involved in the alleged cover-up of an accident at the Westfield conservation center on Lamberts Mill Rd. back in March of this year where he struck a parked UCPO vehicle.

Phony police reports filed by Det. Lt. Leonard Lugo document a “hit & run” accident with no suspects.

Go to page 14, by tapping the link below, to find disgraced police chief Wayman’s name in minutes of pension board meeting held yesterday, September 10, 2018

https://www.nj.gov/treasury/pensions/documents/board-agendas/pfrs/pfrs0918.pdf


Monday, September 10, 2018

New Police Chief Will Create Opening In Rank

With the anticipation of a new police chief being appointed in Westfield, a selection process will soon be underway to determine who best fits Mayor Shelley Brindle’s expectations.

Mayor Brindle has stated that she is looking for, “Someone with unquestionable character and integrity that is capable of leading the department through a cultural transformation, with an emphasis on community policing.”

The new police chief will come from the ranks of the WPD as outlined by state statute.  The question will remain, if Acting Chief Chris Battiloro becomes the new police chief, who should he appoint as a captain to take his place?

Those currently holding the rank of Lieutenant are:
Frank Padovano
Jason McErlean
Jason Rodger
Leonard Lugo
Jason Carter


Sunday, September 02, 2018

Westfield Lieutenant Leonard Lugo Hires Criminal Defense Attorney


The Fact of The Matter has learned that Westfield Police Lieutenant Leonard Lugo, the police supervisor that authored the phony “hit & run” accident and investigation reports allegedly covering up disgraced ex-police chief David Wayman’s accident, has retained criminal defense attorney Scott Kraus.  

The Union County Prosecutor’s office continues to investigate corruption and misconduct by members of the Westfield Police Department exposed as a result of The Fact of The Matter uncovering the March 2018 hit & run accident that occurred inside the secure police lot located at the Westfield Conservation Center  on Lamberts Mill Rd. 

Tap on link to view Scott Kraus YouTube video.  

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

“Retirement” on Hold as Investigation Continues?

The Union County Prosecutor’s office has remained silent on the investigation that commenced after TFoTM exposed phony police reports documenting a “hit & run” accident allegedly involving disgraced ex-Westfield police chief David Wayman.  

The UCPO  investigation into the “hit & run” accident has allegedly exposed more departmental corruption and misconduct involving other officers. 

Local news outlets including Patch, TAPintoWestfield, The Westfield Leader, Nj.com, and NJ 101.5, have all reported that Wayman “retired” on August 1, 2018. 

Wayman’s sudden departure/resignation was anything but a retirement if you consider the following:

"New Jersey law (N.J.S.A. 43: 1-3 et seq.) stipulates that the receipt of retirement benefits is expressly conditioned upon the rendering of honorable service by the member (i.e. a public officer or public employee). A member may be subject to a reduction or forfeiture of earned service credit,* salary, and/or benefits if suspension, dismissal, or termination of employment is due to misconduct; or if convicted of a crime that is in any way related to his or her employment or involves a crime of moral turpitude." 


Tap on the following link for Title 40 state statute. 
https://www.nj.gov/treasury/pensions/documents/factsheets/fact76.pdf 



Monday, August 27, 2018

Part 2: Westfield Mayor Updates Public on Effort to Secure One-Seat Ride to NYC

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(PART 2 of 2) Please take a look at the letter, the following 23 Mayors that comprise the Raritan Valley Line Mayors Coalition sent to Governor Phil Murphy, Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Guiterrez-Scaccetti, NJT Executive Director Kevin Corbett, and the Legislators representing the RVL municipalities insisting they act to equitably allocate one-seat peak rides, in addition to other essential improvements to service. #campaignpromise #oneseatride




Mayors representing Towns on or near the #RVL who co-signed the letter:

Robert Fazen, #BoundBrookNJ
James Schworn, #BranchburgNJ
Daniel Hayes, #BridgewaterNJ
John Higgins, #ClintonTownship
Thomas Hannen, #CranfordNJ
Robert Seader, #DunellenNJ
Colleen Mahr, #FanwoodNJ
Charles Lombardo, #GarwoodNJ
Patrick Boccio, #GreenBrookTownshipNJ
Mark Desire, #HighBridgeNJ
Carl Suraci, #HillsboroughNJ
Linda Karlovitch, #KenilworthNJ
Michael Reino, #LebanonBoroughNJ
Richard Oderko, #ManvilleNJ
Ron DiMura, #MiddlesexBoroughNJ
Brian Wahler, #PiscatawayNJ
Adrian Mapp, #PlainfieldNJ
Charles McMullin, #RaritanNJ
Benjamin Smith, #ReadingtonNJ
Carl Hokason, #RoselleParkNJ
Al Smith, #ScotchPlainsNJ
Ellen Brain, #SomervilleNJ
Caryl Shoffner, #SouthBoundBrookNJ
Suzette Cavadas, #UnionNJ
Carolann Garafola, #WarrenNJ
Stephen Pote, #WatchungNJ
Shelley Brindle, #WestfieldNJ

Friday, August 24, 2018

Make a Wish Come True With The Help of WPD Blue

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The Westfield Police Department went to see off and wish Maddie Sanford a safe journey on her Make-A-Wish New Jersey trip to the Galápagos Islands!

Unfortunately her limo was booked on the wrong day.  No worries - we can help!!

Maddie and Family were escorted to Newark Liberty Airport by the Westfield Police Department.

Assisting with the escort was Acting Chief Battiloro, Captain Ricerca, Sgt. Walsh, Sgt. Ostrander, SRO Savnik, and Officer O'Holla.

TFoTM applauds the WPD and the effort to assist and serve this Westfield family.  Thank you Mayor Shelley Brindle and Acting Chief Chris Battiloro for allowing this act of kindness to help a Westfield family in need.










Thursday, August 23, 2018

Westfield Police Chief: Retired or Resigned

News agencies have repeatedly reported that Westfield Police Chief David Wayman “retired” effective immediately on August 1, 2018 citing Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle’s comment “after consultation with the Union County Prosecutor’s office and town’s labor counsel.”

The ambiguity of the word “retired” is being questioned.

Westfield police officers are granted “terminal leave” at the end of their career when they plan to retire.  Terminal leave is the time an employee is paid without coming into work in the weeks leading up to their respective retirement date.  Officers can also use accrued vacation time to lengthen their time out of work while still being paid, remaining “on the books”.....on the payroll.

A source not authorized to speak on behalf of the police department has confirmed that Wayman used approximately 10 days of accrued comp time between the last days of June and the end of July, during the weeks leading up to his “effective immediately”..... “retirement” date of August 1, 2018.

Did Wayman “retire” or did he resign?

In order to collect a pension from the New Jersey Police and Fireman’s Pension System (PFRS) an officer must submit an application for pension benefits which has to be signed by the town.  The officer must be in good standing, free of any investigations, departmental charges, etc.

If we are to believe that Wayman “retired,” does this mean that the town signed off on Wayman’s pension benefits application?

At a Westfield town council meeting in July, it was confirmed that an investigation was being conducted by the Union County Prosecutor’s office regarding the police department and possibly Wayman’s involvement in a “hit & run” accident.

Did Westfield officials sign off on Wayman’s pension benefits application citing no investigation was underway?  Was the investigation completed and did it uncover any other alleged misconduct such as the misappropriation of funds within the police department?

Did Westfield town officials broker a back-door exit with Wayman to avoid the publicity of a corrupt police chief resigning under a cloud of controversy?  Again, has Westfield signed off on Wayman’s retirement application?

What we do know is that town officials will not publicly state the reason for Wayman’s immediate departure because of laws protecting personnel and employment matters.

We also know that “retirement” means Wayman can apply for pension benefits and begin collecting a monthly pension check totaling more than $9800.00 per month based on a reported $168,000 salary.
Wayman was hired in February 1988 and has over 30 years accumulated in the PFRS.  He is eligible to retire at 70% of his last years salary.

It’s too early to determine whether or not Wayman is collecting a retirement paycheck but it’s also unknown if he is still under investigation by the UCPO.

Public employee records at Asbury Park Press Data Universe
https://php.app.com/agent/


So, has Wayman “retired” or has he “resigned?”

Westfield Mayor Updates Residents Regarding “One Seat Ride” to NYC

(PART 1 of 2) Today, the 23 Mayors that comprise the Raritan Valley Line Mayors Coalition sent a letter to Governor Phil Murphy, Department of Transportation Commissioner Diane Guiterrez-Scaccetti, NJT Executive Director Kevin Corbett, and the Legislators representing the RVL municipalities insisting they act to equitably allocate one-seat peak rides, in addition to other essential improvements to service.

As bad as the commute is across the entire transit system, #RVLcommuters have been disproportionately impacted.

Take a look at the chart below to see how unfair it is that we have ZERO peak one-seat rides. For context, the North Coast Line has *24* peak one-seat rides in & out of NYC, and has less weekly ridership than us. Ours is also likely underrepresented due to the many commuters that travel to other stations such as Linden and MetroPark to catch a direct train.


We are scheduling meetings with legislators in September and we will be asking for a public show of support. Details to come. Share this post with your #westfieldnj neighbors. #campaignpromise #oneseatride #RVL

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Wayman on List of Four New Jersey Police Chiefs In Trouble

Westfield in the news.
Tap on the link below to read Patch coverage of New Jersey police chiefs, including ex-Westfield police chief David Wayman, facing corruption and misconduct allegations.


https://patch.com/new-jersey/pointpleasant/possible-trouble-4-nj-police-chiefs-2018-amid-resignations

Disgraced Police Chief “Locked Out”

The Westfield police department is in the process of having all locks and keypad entry systems re-programmed in the wake of disgraced police chief David Wayman’s removal from office.

Wayman’s resignation on August 1, 2018 prompted the police department to remove his name from the front door of the WPD.  Never before, had a Westfield police chief monogrammed his name on the entrance to the police department, as Wayman did.

The costly process to change out the locks and re-program keypads is just another example of tax dollars wasted due to the corruption and misconduct perpetrated by Wayman after current and former town officials were warned of Wayman’s antics.

At least Wayman won’t have access to the department he ran into the ground during his 6 years as the police chief.  Too bad he wasn’t locked out before he could allegedly shred documents while being investigated by the Union county Prosecutors Office in recent months.


Saturday, August 18, 2018

UPDATE: Westfield Police Captain’s Daughter and Victim Notifications

On March 29, 2018, tickets issued to the daughter of Westfield Police Captain John Ricerca were dismissed in Mountainside Municipal Court.  The tickets were issued by Westfield Municipal Court listing Ashley Redding as the complaining witness.  Mrs. Redding was the victim in a motor vehicle accident caused by the 17 year old driver of a motor vehicle traveling with 5 passengers in violation of a provisional license.

Westfield police chose not to issue tickets at the scene of the January 28, 2018 accident.  In the absence of tickets issued at the scene, Ashley Redding issued Complaints 2020-SC-004526, 004527, 004528, and 004529 for Provisional License Violation, Improper Turn, Failure to Properly Signal, and Careless Driving.

Court records obtained by The Fact of The Matter indicate that Ashley Redding was notified on March 6, 2018 of the pending court case being moved to Mountainside Municipal Court for disposition due to Westfield Judge Para Patel disqualifying himself in the case.  Mrs. Redding was copied according to the letter.

Court documents also show that Mrs. Redding was notified again on March 14, 2018 that the case was transferred from Westfield Municipal Court to Mountainside and was scheduled for March 29, 2018.

The back of each summons under “Miscellaneous Information, Additional information and Judge’s Notes” indicates the victim was noticed and called, but not present in court.  The back of each summons was signed by the Mountainside Municipal Court Judge.

Name and address of driver issued tickets being withheld due to age at time of accident.

Tap on each document for clear resolution for viewing 




 



Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Westfield Mayor Brindle Addresses WPD Issues

Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle updated the public about the Westfield Police Department during Tuesday night’s town council meeting.

Mayor Brindle stated that a car accident involving police captain John Ricerca’s daughter and the sudden retirement of Chief David Wayman on Aug. 1, were unrelated. 

Brindle stated that an investigation by the Union County Prosecutor’s Office into the Ricerca crash did not find any official wrongdoing on the part of the Westfield Police Department......(See phony police reports covering up police chief’s alleged “hit & run” accident investigated by the UCPO prior to Wayman’s sudden resignation.  Tap on each photo to view clearly.)







“In the midst of numerous media reports concerning the Westfield Police Department, I’d like to take the opportunity to provide an update and some additional context regarding the circumstances behind Chief Wayman’s sudden departure, as well as the handling of a traffic accident involving a police captain’s family member, which are two separate and unrelated incidents.”

“Let me begin by extending get-well wishes to Westfield resident Ashley Redding, who is recovering from a car accident involving the teenage daughter of a police captain. I have been heartened by how this community has rallied around Ms. Redding, as our residents often do with those in need. I have not had the opportunity to meet Ms. Redding, in spite of repeated asks through her attorney, and of course would like to express my concern in person.”

“I also want to extend my thoughts and concerns for the teenage driver whose life has also been impacted by the publicity surrounding this very unfortunate accident.”

“Many questions have been raised about how Ms. Redding’s case was handled by our police department. As mayor, I have no input as to where and why a case gets moved to another municipality, which is determined by the local court office and the municipal judge, consistent with the county court transfer system. Mountainside is always the first-choice court for Westfield and they accepted the case. “

“In this instance, I didn’t know it had moved to Mountainside nor about the dismissal of the citations until I read about it in news accounts. Our understanding in this matter is that the charges filed by the Reddings occurred after the legally required 30-day period had passed and were ultimately dismissed by the Mountainside court as a result of this timing issue.”

“Additionally, the Union County Prosecutor’s Office conducted an investigation into this accident  and did not find any official wrongdoing on the part of the Westfield Police Department. That being said, I believe in accountability. In looking objectively at the facts, it is clear that we have work to do in order to avoid any similar situations in the future and the slightest perception of poor judgment. To that end, we are implementing specific policy guidelines for how incidents involving police officer family members be reported and processed going forward. I believe this is a first step on the path to greater transparency that benefits residents and police officers alike.”

“I recognize that residents may also have additional questions about the swift departure of Chief Wayman, and hope you understand that I am limited by what I am legally allowed to share. This is as frustrating for me as it is for concerned residents who are seeking answers. While I prioritize transparency, of course I must simultaneously respect the legal parameters that are in place.”

“Looking forward, I believe we have a significant opportunity when selecting a new police chief to evolve the department to one that reflects the values of my administration and our community. To that end, we will be looking for a chief with unquestionable character and integrity who embraces a community policing model, and who can transform the culture of the department in to one that embodies trust and accountability. The many outstanding men and women in the department, along with the residents of Westfield, deserve nothing less. I take this opportunity very seriously and am committed to a diligent, fair and thorough process, which will be one of my top priorities for the foreseeable future.” 



Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Westfield Town Council Meeting

Westfield Town Council Meeting
Tonight: August 14, 2018
Time: 8 pm.
425 E. Broad St.
Westfield, NJ
*Town council meetings are held in the municipal courtroom on the first floor.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Westfield Acting Police Chief Disbands CRTU

Acting Westfield Police Chief Christopher Battiloro will disband the Community Response Tactical Unit previously established by police chief David Wayman who resigned effective immediately on August 1, 2018.

Town officials remain silent on the reason(s) for Wayman’s resignation but TFoTM has obtained information and reports documenting a “hit & run” accident that Wayman was allegedly involved in and attempted to cover up.  The misconduct was exposed to town officials by this blog.

The “CRTU” is comprised of officers handpicked by Wayman, including his nephew, loyal to the disgraced ex-chief. 
The disbanding of this unit will save taxpayers $tens of thousands$ in wasteful spending for services that duplicated patrol and detective duties.

This appears to be just the beginning of Acting Chief Chris Battiloro’s elimination of wasteful spending and the “misappropriation of funds” Wayman had allegedly been accused of.

TFoTM looks forward to the continued restructuring of the Westfield Police Department and elimination of wasteful spending that has cost the taxpayers $hundreds of thousands$ during Wayman’s tainted tenure as police chief.

NOTE: TFoTM has withheld the identity of the WPD officer assigned to the Union County Gangs, Drugs, and Violent Crimes Task Force for safety and security reasons.

WESTFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT MEMORANDUM

To:        All Personnel

From:    Acting Chief Christopher Battiloro

Subject: Community Response Tactical Unit

Date:      August 10, 2018

CC:        Captain John Ricerca

Effective Saturday , August 25, 2018, at 2000 hrs, the Community Response Tactical Unit shall be disbanded.

The officers presently assigned to the Community Response Tactical Unit shall be reassigned to the Operations (Patrol) Division, with the exception of Officer (name withheld) who shall remain assigned to the Union County Gangs, Guns, Drugs, and Violent Crimes Task Force until further notice.

Any matters currently under investigation by the Community Response Tactical Unit shall be transferred to the Detective Bureau and it’s supervisors shall review them.  Those deemed to warrant further investigation shall be assigned to Detectives for action and those deemed not to warrant further investigation shall be closed.

The officers being reassigned shall be contacted by Captain John Ricerca in the very near future
regarding their platoon and shift assignments.



Friday, August 10, 2018

Acting Westfield Police Chief Makes Personnel Changes



Lt. Jason Carter
Lt. Leonard Lugo
Acting Westfield Police Chief Chris Battiloro has made some personnel moves within the Westfield police department in the wake of scandal and police misconduct exposed by TFoTM and investigated by the Union County Prosecutors Office.  On August 1st, David Wayman resigned as police chief and  Westfield Mayor Shelley Brindle appointed Captain C. Battiloro “Acting” until a thorough police chief selection process takes place.

Lieutenant Jason Carter has been transferred into the detective bureau as Westfield’s lead investigator and supervisor.  Carter replaces the disgraced Lieutenant Leonard Lugo who wrote the alleged phony “hit & run" reports that covered up Wayman’s alleged accident on town property at the Westfield Conservation Center on Lambertsmill Rd. back in March of this year.
Lugo has been reassigned back to patrol supervisor until a determination is made on his future with the WPD.

David Wayman & John Tango (right)
Sgt. Nicole Tango Stivale
Sergeant John Tango, a Wayman confidant, has been moved out of the detective bureau and reassigned back to patrol supervisor while his cousin Sergeant Nicole Tango Stivale has been moved from the patrol division, into the detective bureau.