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After Split Vote, Police Admin Gets Township Car

Substantial revenue can allow Mickey King, the public safety director, to use a township-issued car—not just for emergencies.

members were split Monday night over the decision to issue a company car to Public Safety Director Michael P. King. But in the end, the top police administrator will get one.

Committeeman John Rooney, who is the liaison to the , said revenue is up nearly 75 percent over last year and it won’t cost more than $5,000 for King to have the car.

Or else, Rooney said, he’d pay the overage out of his own pocket.

“Our accolades for [King] have just been absolutely beyond words,” Rooney said.

The praise for King didn’t stop with Rooney; all township committee members agreed he’s turned the police department around, however some were unsure if changing township policy to allow the car was the way to go.

Deputy Mayor Anthony Minniti was skeptical about the vehicle issuance saying, “I can easily say yes as easily as I could say no.”

“The next clamoring is why are we buying cars instead of cops,” said Minniti, admitting the backlash from the public could be substantial.

Rooney said there is already a car available for King, and George Haeuber, interim township administrator, said the only extra costs would be gas and maintenance.

Committeewoman Kathy Fitzpatrick wanted to see more hard numbers before voting one way or the other. Fitzpatrick abstained from the final vote.

Committeeman Ben Young said he didn’t have a problem with King having a car but questioned the departure from policy.

Mayor Don Brauckmann said the issue “is not as easy as it sounds.”

“I have a tough time drawing the line from one employee to another when it comes to this benefit,” Brauckmann said.

Currently, township committee members are interviewing for a new administrator, but the idea of a company car had not yet been discussed, according to Fitzpatrick.

Rooney called the issuance of the car “appropriate” for King and that “he’s earned it.”

King after the .

Lt. Tim Young, who was present at the committee meeting, told members he doesn’t “have a bad word to say” about King.

Rooney brought up the idea for King to have a company car initially since King is needed in the township way beyond the normal 9-to-5 schedule.

King said it would make his life easier and his job “more effective” and “more efficient.”

“I’m coming (for emergencies) whether you give me a car or not,” King said.

The vote passed 3-1 with one abstention from Fitzpatrick. Brauckmann voted no.

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Gas gobbler August 07, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Mr. King drives from Mercer County everyday...that's a big Gas Bill. You people sure don't sound like fiscal Conservatives to me!
Billy Pilgrim August 07, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Hi Gas Gobbler, for what it's worth, costs accrued for travel to and from work from your place of residence are not tax deductible or reimbursable.
Bowtie August 07, 2012 at 04:49 PM
A car with all the expenses paid...by the tax payers...this is why I hate politics. Cant wait to see my new tax bill.
Richard Magee August 07, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Wait until he finds our that This PERK is TAXABLE by the IRS! Company Cars etc., are counted as Income by the I.R.S. EVEN if the Twp pays the taxes to the IRS that too than becomes Income! Former Chief Tom Adams Never abused his Office nor perks! ~Rick Magee, FL det. ret.
Richard Magee August 07, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I did not mean my writings as a slam or to be misinterpreted against the Director. Obviously he is doing a good jiob. My recollections of Cinnaminson Twp. is one of being isolated from the constant political medlings by my Chief of police, who the Citizens loved as did we all. May God Bless Chief Tom Adams, Sgt. Tom Lillagore and all of my "Brothers" who have predeceeded me from this earth. May they All rest alongside of saint Michael the Archangel. ~Rick Magee, FL Det., Ret.
Jan August 07, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Rick your recollections sound like a time when life was great, but that is not how things are run around here now. The new Director takes his direct orders from the Twp. Committiee Members. John Rooney is on his way out the door, what an exit with this generous expenditure of our tax dollars. The Mayor (Don) votes "NO" brilliant with his candidacy up. Kathy Fitzpatrick votes with the typical abstain vote, and Young votes yes (but fought so hard to keep the car out of the deal origiinally) the classic is Minniti saying and I quote "I can easily say yes as easily as I could say no." It is mind blowing, the article goes even further to say that they are interviewing for a New Adminstrator? If he is doing such a great job why interview new candidates or offer a car? Great job as always Patch.
Maureen August 07, 2012 at 06:25 PM
He earned it? I have nothing against the man or what he has done. But he is getting paid to do his job. The reward is his paycheck and his job, benefits, etc.... Are we in the business of handing over cars if employees do a good job? We are going to be giving out lots of cars. I think a plaque or public accolade is enough.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) August 07, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Jan, I think you're a little confused with the wording. The township committee is interviewing for a township administrator—not a new public safety director. There is no administrator in place since Mr. Seneski left. There is only an interim.
Richard Magee August 07, 2012 at 06:47 PM
My advice to all Residents of Cinnaminson Twp. Beware of a Council or Committee that Removes a Chief of Police to only replace it with a Civilian under "their Control". Corruption follows. I guress Good Ol' Boy Politics is not just in the South. Payoffs take many forms, albeit perks, Bonusses or vehicles. Jan wrote that they are interviewing for a New Administrator. That's Interesting. Maureen, I agree with you too. Who does one have to know to get the job? Me? I am too darned Honest! I can still pass Polygraphs! ~Rick Magee, FL Det.,ret.
JustALocalGuy August 07, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Sounds like a waste of taxpayer money and a way to pay someone more without having to put it in the budget for approval.
Michael Makinson August 07, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I have a company car for my job, For the benefit of using it for personal use my employer withholds a set amount of money every pay period as my share of the cost of the lease, insurance, gas, maintenance, etc . Personal mileage use of the vehicle is considered taxable income by the IRS. Will the director be charged for the personal use miles he puts on the vehicle? If he is involved in an at fault accident during personal use will he be required to pay the insurance deductible?What policies did the committee put into place for the non-township business use of the vehicle? Too many unanswered questions for me. The director is not a sworn police officer He has ZERO police powers. He is an administrator. How many after hours public safety emergencies has he had to respond to so far?
Michael Makinson August 07, 2012 at 07:13 PM
The River line runs from Mercer County and stops in Cinnaminson and Riverton. Let's just issue him some tokens. It will be cheeper, he still gets a ride to work on the tax payer dime and it is more environmentally friendly.
Get a Life August 07, 2012 at 10:01 PM
I was at last nights meeting. There has been a requirement that a car be available for Mr. King's use while on the Job. For instance, if he is in the office and gets called on to perform official business outside the office. So therefore a car has been made available for his use during business hours. The issue at hand is after hours lets say 2:00 AM when there's a hurricane. Should we expect him to use his own vehicle to get in the office. That's the question. I am inclined to say say No. I would expect that as a township we would want him to have a reliable way of getting back to Cinnaminson if needed. Since We are already paying for maintenance and Insurance on this vehicle the only thing in question last night was the cost of the additional gas. For the record Ms. Fitzpatrick abstained because she wanted to know the cost involved before making a decision.
Ric August 08, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I understand Mr. King's supporters claim that King walks barefoot on water while singing the Star-Spangled Banner. Apparently they feel there is no other person on the planet as qualified as him. What do I think? I am not so sure anyone can be as qualified as they claim. It sounds like a lot of back scratching going on. But I agree Mr. King should not be expected to use his own car doing official duties such a hurricane. I am sure the police department can loan him one of their cars in times like that. But no way should the township provide him a car to drive back and forth from his home. He lives quite a distance away. How soon until King demands a chauffeur driven limousine? If he is going to commute with this car, the very least King should do is reimburse for personal usage of the vehicle and that would include driving back and forth to work. The police department suffered deep cuts. It seems like adding salt to their wounds by giving King such a deal as this.
Ruth Mays August 08, 2012 at 01:11 AM
The statement about revenues being way up in interesting. So maybe there was not a good reason for a tax increase after all? Perhaps some of that excess revenue could have been used to hire back some police officers. I keep reading about houses being broken into, but rarely see a police car on the street (except for the Moorestown ones that have their headquarters right down the street.) Ms. Fitzpatrick, just why is it you do not have enough information? Are the guys keeping things from you. Makeing sure you get enough information to cast an informed vote is your job. As for the citizens who voted this group into office and now have complaints- when you keep doing the same thing, you will keep getting the same result.
Bull Pitt August 08, 2012 at 02:11 AM
How much information does one really need? It's a car! He lives in another County! Most of our Police Officers are on call during hurricanes, and other emergencies as well. Should we give them all a car too?? Also King is not a Police Officer, he can't have a police radio in his car, can't have police lights or a siren! Why does he need a a township vehicle? Also with his commute, he has a much greater chance of getting in an accident, then any lawsuits would be on our tab! I'm sure he's doing a fine job, so what. So do all of the officers, as they always have. So now, Mr. King will drive a township vehicle to and from work, from Mercer County, Monday through Friday, fill up his tank where the other officers fill up the Police cars, and drive on our dime! Fiscal conservatives my butt. And of course Mr. Brauckman votes no, someone has to look like they are looking out for us, and might as well be the one who's up for election. Same crap, different year. Goodbye Mr. Rooney, enjoy your promotion, or whatever your excuse was for not running for office again. We can't blame you, no one wants to work with these people, why do you think there is no other candidates?
taxpayer August 08, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Cinnaminson politicians do not have backbones....i am not at all surprise she abstained...we as taxpayers deserve a better answer from out committee
taxpayer August 08, 2012 at 03:09 AM
this is the most brilliant comment of all...great suggestion Michael! you couldn't of said it beter, 'it will be cheaper' and 'its more environmentally friendly'
Bill O'Connor August 08, 2012 at 03:25 AM
I believe the revenues up 75 % that Mr. Rooney is referring to are citation revenues issued by the Department for motor vehicle violations etc.
Mark August 08, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Public emergency service workers alread get to ride all NJ Transit, PATCO,and SEPTA (if in Philly) lines free of charge as long as you ahve your identification on you. So there is an even larger savings! :-)
agent itchy August 08, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Absolutely Brilliant!
Silvia August 08, 2012 at 02:42 PM
If they wrote one ticket a month which is probably close and now write a whopping 3, that might be the reason for a 75% increase. Anyone who has been following knows the morale and productivity problems from the past and the failure at the Chief position to do anything about it!
Ric August 08, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Sylvia, of course you are not a biased supporter of those that ousted that police chief. You are one of the masses, right? LOL! Give us a break from your biased political preaching the election is not tomorrow. By the way, if the police are now just writing three tickets a month, then that woman who complained at Patch that at the recent St. Charles fair about getting two tickets she backed in to park got 2/3 of that month’s tickets, right? I do not know the exact number of tickets that are written a month but I do know your claiming that they write just three tickets a month makes them look incompetent. And that is wrong. Our police are very capable, under the old chief or under current administration. They do not deserve your insulting them just to make your political favorites look better.
Richard Magee August 08, 2012 at 03:20 PM
dajoepa75: All States and government entities (i.e) Cinnaminson TWP) must maintain a Second set of Books showing all expendature and Investments and Income. It is called the Comprehensive Financial Report (CFR) It is Federally Mandated! This "Book:" is secretive and many politicos will deny having knowlege of it's existance but it is REAL! Try and... No DEMAND a Copy! See how far you get. You will be lableled as a trouble maker. Back in 1938 we had a Gov.named Hoffman who created both a Sales and Wage Tax on N.J. Residents. The 'NJ Taxpayers Assoc.' was formed by a man named Canning, I think. Unbeknownst to the Gov. they had in their midst the State's Accountant with those books. When they confronted the Governor in Trenton, it took two days and Both Taxes were cancelled by Gov. Hoffman. See? I am not stupid afterall. See if Cinnaminson will comply with your request. ~Rick Magee, Fl., Det. ret.
Donkey Kong August 08, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Christina, this article does not mention what kind of car he will be given. He was using an older Crown Vic, however, now there is a brand new Dodge Charger (with a Hemi I believe) parked there. Please advise.
JS August 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Seriously, Ed Jenkins?? "...stick to baking your cookies"??? I agree with everything you said regarding the abstention, but throwing that comment into the mix just denigrates your points. If it were a man that abstained, would you have told him to "stick to cleaning your tools/watching your sports/hanging in your man-cave", or any other gender-based comment?
John Obuchowski August 14, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Christina, A new Dodge Charger is a reliable car that can go from point A to B. A "Used Taxi" as I was issued in the 80's was a "Tow Job". I carried a large "Fire Extingusher", not for public safety, but mine. At that time, I was Second in Command on call 24/7. How degrading, being called out at 2:00am & towed 2:15am., more times than I can remember. The retired members refer to that as the "Dark Ages" Are we still in the "Dark Ages" ? When your out at night, see how many Verizon, Comcast, Fire, EMS,EM, PS&G, Maint., NJSP, Prosecutors, Investigators, and other corporation & executive vehicles are parked in town on call 24/7. Our Township Committee hired Dir. (Chief) King to be the "Top Boss" of the CPD. He is our Director of the CPD. The Twp. buys cars, eguipment, & gasoline on State contract prices w/o tax, and are self insured. I hope I never see any representative of this Twp. on National TV, AOL, Patch, Facebook , etc. looking like they just got out of a trash dumpster. Sorry, if I offend anyone, I lived in the "Dark Ages" I know better. It's time for the residents, business owners & Twp. Committee to stop the 180 issue of "I was hoodwinked, I didn't know, mislead" I personally agree with the members of the township Commitee that voted yes to give Director King who as the leader of the CPD is on call 24-7 and should have a reliable vehicle.I know I've been there !
Community Service, Job 1 September 06, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Roger, it apears that you are the only one who gets it. Mr. King must travel to Cinnaminson outside if his daily work schedule for Events, Town and Police Emergencies, Storms, ect. During Irene was in the EOC Command Post, many only got four hours sleep in two days so that the residents could be safe and home waiting it out. Some have everything to say, but provide no community service. Opinions do not get anything accomplished, cooperation, and assistance does. Mr King is a professional and very polished individual, for the $80.000 we are paying him, he should have a vehicle assigned to him. A person of his calaber is easly worth $125.000 plus. It is proper to absain if you don't have all the facts to make a decision, Why vote "yes or no" when you don't have the facts?
Ric September 06, 2012 at 07:50 PM
@community service. I really think you are lowballing Mr. King's worth. $80,000 or $125,000 is chump change after I read your words. Why I think we should be paying the man ten million dollars a year. I cannot believe he accepted $80,000. He also should have a private helicopter with pilot on duty 24 hours a day.
Community Service, Job 1 September 07, 2012 at 02:22 PM
We elect them to run the town, to the best of thier abilities. Public office is a thankless job. You can rarely satisfy everyone. I you were at your job and you were continutly beat up for you decissions or not popular votes it would harrassment or bullying. The committee or any committee can not vote the way you think they should all the time. We should manage with out best judgement, and go withthe facts we have. Could you imagine if the public having to vote on every issue, what a circus that would be.

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