In­ef­fec­tive lead­er­ship of Her­man Castel­lani

The Citizens' Voice - - Editorial -

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

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