Ineffective leadership of Herman Castellani
Editor: It is heartbreaking to see what’s going on in Exeter Borough and its police department — uncontrolled decay, discord and desecration at the manipulative hands of a small group of uncaring, incompetent elected officials who don’t care one iota about our safety and security.
Can’t help but question if residents know there were three full-time officers, including a full-time police chief and two full-time supervisory sergeants; a stable roster of more than a dozen part-time officers; and an infrastructure within the Exeter Borough Police Department that allowed for consistently considerably more than just 24-hours-aday, seven-days-a-week police protection and focused areas of specialization within the department – Traffic Law Enforcement and Criminal Investigation, in example — when Mayor Herman Castellani took office in January 2015.
Today, the EBPD’s entire roster is made up off only eight part-time officers only. Today, there’s no chief. No sergeants. No full-time administrators or supervisors. And there are days – too many of them – when the part-timers, who all work other departments as well, can’t cover all the shifts and leave the shifts open. Open as in long eight-hour periods wherein Exeter Borough doesn’t and won’t have police protection from its own officers.
All courtesy of Mr. Castellani and his ineffective leadership of the department.
Say what you will, but remember this Exeter Borough residents, business owners, property owners and taxpayers. Not once under the more than five decades of service under police chiefs Bernard Poepperling or John McNeil or the under the direction and guidance of mayors Andrew “Brown” Mauriello, Joseph F. Coyne Jr. or Cassandra ColemanCorcoran were there ever times – any time — when an Exeter Borough police officer wasn’t a phone call away.
Most sad to see more than 50 years of hard work, commitment and dedication stepped on and stomped out in just two years.
Four more years, Mr. Castellani? I don’t think so. In just two, you’ve made Exeter Borough a community in crisis. A community in need of recovery. r. Jude rome EXETER