Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Police Director Can Keep Firm

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Police Director Can Keep Firm

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HACKENSACK -- The city's new police director can continue to have an outside security firm, but won't be doing any private work in the city while he leads the 114-officer department, said City Manager Stephen Lo Iacono.

Michael Mordaga, a former city police inspector and chief detective in the county, starts the job of civilian police director Feb. 4. With new rules in place and Mordaga's pledge not to do private work in the city, Lo Iacono said he was confident that conflicts of interest -- like those that dogged Mordaga in his past - - will be avoided.

"He pledged to me there will be no ongoing business in the city of Hackensack," Lo Iacono said.

Mordaga did not return calls Friday.

The city's most decorated cop, Mordaga is widely respected in law enforcement; but questions of conflict arose over his side business with Universal Consultants, a Hackensack-based security consulting firm.

Mordaga did security consulting for Hackensack University Medical Center while he served in the city Police Department and later as chief of detectives for the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office. Some critics -- including state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, D-Teaneck -- said at the time that the relationship was a clear conflict of interest.

Lo Iacono has pointed out that Mordaga's boss at the time, Bergen Prosecutor John Molinelli, had no issue with Mordaga working for the hospital.

Mordaga stopped working for the medical center six years ago, said Sheri Hensley, a spokeswoman for the hospital.

Lo Iacono said no rule bars Mordaga from working at a side business as many police officers do. In a phone interview Wednesday, Mordaga did not say whether he will continue to pursue side work while he serves as police director. But he did say he will suspend his state detective license. …

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