Jackson Council Approves Public Safety Director Role

In a contentious Jackson Town Council meeting, the most significant outcome was the approval of an ordinance establishing the position of director of the Department of Public Safety, despite debate over the need for the role and its $200,000 annual salary. The ordinance was passed with varied support from the council members after discussions that highlighted internal disagreements within the Police Department and community concerns regarding the potential impact on taxpayers.

The debate over the new public safety director role featured prominently during the meeting as council members and residents expressed differing opinions on the necessity and potential impact of the position. Some council members advocated for resolving issues internally within the Police Department rather than creating a new role with a substantial salary, which could burden taxpayers. In contrast, others supported the ordinance, emphasizing community backing and collaborative efforts to strengthen public safety.

The discussions around the police chief’s recruitment and hiring practices garnered attention as well. Allegations of insufficient recruitment efforts and subpar hiring practices were brought to the fore, with skepticism about the chief’s statement on the lack of suitable applicants from the Civil Service list. The promotion of sergeants was also a point of contention due to unfilled vacancies contributing to increased patrol supervisory overtime costs. Furthermore, public comments criticized the motivations behind the newly proposed civilian position, linking it to the mayor’s personal agenda and questioning the use of law enforcement for propaganda.

The police department’s leadership became a focal point during the meeting. The PBA president addressed the council, calling attention to leadership voids and decision-making within the department. Public testimonies also touched on this topic, with some residents expressing support for law enforcement, advocating for better resources, and discussing the impact of division within the community.


Another major topic was the discussion of a $1.2 million settlement regarding a wrongful death suit. Questions arose about the decision-making process behind the settlement, calling for transparency and accountability. The council also faced public criticisms of the proposed salary increases for council members, with residents questioning the justification for the significant raises.

In addition to the public safety director ordinance, other legislative matters included discussions on various ordinances, such as an amendment related to rezoning a specific block, landlord registration and responsibilities, and parking regulations near intersections on county roads. The council addressed these issues, with the public raising concerns about rental violations, parking enforcement, and the practicality of implementing certain ordinances throughout the township.

A resident’s experience with property damage due to bamboo roots sparked a debate regarding the township’s response and actions to mitigate such safety hazards. Safety measures in new developments were also discussed, with calls for multiple entrances and exits for schools, residential communities, and warehouses to ensure safety in emergency situations.


The meeting concluded with recognition of the Jackson youth football and cheer teams, updates on the mayor’s veterans commission, and discussions about the Roa Farms project. The council also deliberated on the timeline for introducing ordinances and resolutions, and the process for preparing the Council’s agenda.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Michael Reina
City Council Officials:
Jennifer Kuhn, Scott Sargent, Nino Borrelli, Mordechai Burnstein, Stephen Chisholm Jr

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