EDISON – Outgoing Mayor Antonia Ricicigliano finds herself the subject of criticism for promoting eight police officers days after her election defeat without consulting the township’s police chief or Mayor-elect Thomas Lankey, according to a Star-Ledger report.
Records show that several of the officers who received promotions had been prominent supporters of Ricigliano, according to the report.
One of the officers promoted to deputy police chief, Mark Anderko, has been out on paid stress leave since his home was set on fire, allegedly by a fellow police officer, the Star-Ledger reported. The newspaper also reported that Anderko had been disciplined for accepting expensive beauty supplies for his wife without paying for them, though after a complaint was filed either Anderko or his wife did write a check to the company.
When she took office four years ago, Ricigliano blasted outgoing Mayor Jun Choi for promoting 10 police officers after his election defeat and she rescinded them, leading to several lawsuits.
Edison agreed to a $1 million settlement to resolve one lawsuit affecting four officers, the Star-Ledger found.
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