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New Public Safety Director Is 'Excited' to Begin Post

Michael "Mickey" King said he will train the department to find its next chief.

Michael P. King said he’s “really excited” to take on his new post as public safety director here in Cinnaminson.

King was selected at Monday night’s committee meeting to lead the police department by a 3-1 vote.

Mayor Kathy Fitzpatrick called King, of Mercerville, a “recognized authority on community policing methods.”

King retired in 2007 as the chief of detectives for the county prosecutor’s office.

Read more about his career history .

Stephen Fazekas, vice president of the Burlington County Chiefs of Police Association, submitted a letter of endorsement to the township on behalf of King. It read the group has “complete confidence” in King to “develop and mentor the next chief of police for your police department.”

King said Monday night he will lead the department in training and leadership skills over the next year or two to cultivate a police chief, a position the township expressed an interest in returning to.

Fitzpatrick said the township decided to go the way of a public safety director since left no one at the local level with enough experience to take the civil service test to become chief.

“I want to focus on the positive,” King said, and already met with some of the officers.

Lt. Tim Young, who is currently in the top spot of the following April retirement, said King will not have a problem fitting in with the police department here.

“He is well-respected in the law enforcement community,” Young said, “and I respect him personally.”

Fitpatrick and Committeeman John Rooney, liaison to the police department, both sat on the committee to interview public safety director candidates. Rooney was absent from Monday's meeting. Fitzpatrick, Deputy Mayor Don Brauckmann and Committeeman Anthony Minniti all voted to hire King.

Committeeman Ben Young voted no, and during committee comments, congratulated King on his appointment and said his "no" vote has "nothing to do with [him] personally."

King will start his post on June 28. His salary is $80,000 with no benefits.

ChrisR June 21, 2011 at 11:00 PM
I was surprised too. I thought the position was in lieu of a chief. Couldn't they have just found someone qualified to be chief from another town? Or, perhaps merge with another town's department. Well, it'll save $ for a few years and the department will surely benefit from his leadership. I'm sure it won't cause the town "anguish", so welcome aboard!
Cindy Pierson June 21, 2011 at 11:04 PM
I have learned that amending the ordinance again would not be a difficult thing, and that the committee would make a decision to do so based on a variety of factors. It appears that they are going to stay on top of the situation and try to do what they feel is in everyone's best interest. Mr. King's ability to guide one of our own officers towards becoming chief should be very helpful, and the end result will be what most of us wanted- a police chief who comes from the department and knows our town.
Michael Makinson June 22, 2011 at 06:49 PM
Welcome to Cinnaminson Mr. King.
FbS June 22, 2011 at 11:15 PM
congrats Mr. King..
Steve Piotrowski August 22, 2012 at 02:13 AM
You got to love though double dippers. This guy already has a pension from the state at $83,842.68 per year. I hope he's not going to get a pension from this job too. See link and info below. So he is probably making as much money from the state ($84K + $80K = $164K) as what the Governor gets paid. This is crazy!! http://php.app.com/retireNJ/details.php?recordID=30477 Report Year December 2011 Name KING, MICHAEL Year of Birth 1956 Retire Cause Special - applies to PFRS & SPRS only Final Agency BURLINGTON COUNTY/PAYROLL DEPT Fund Name PFRS - Police and Firemen's Retirement System Retire Date 2007-06 Final Avg. Salary $122,085 Months of Service 321 Retire Type MEMBER Monthly Pension $6,790.97 Monthly COLA $195.92 Monthly Supplemental $0.00 Monthly Allowance $6,986.89 Annual Pension $83,842.68

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