Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Safety Official to Head Busing in Paterson

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Safety Official to Head Busing in Paterson

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PATERSON -- The school district has hired longtime public safety official Glenn Brown as its executive director of transportation, putting him in charge of a student busing system that officials acknowledge has been plagued by problems.

Superintendent Donnie W. Evans announced Brown's appointment last week in a memo to his department heads and the Board of Education.

Brown served as director of Paterson's Police and Fire departments for six years. Mayor Joey Torres removed Brown from the police position in July, replacing him with Jerry Speziale, but the mayor kept Brown on as acting fire director and head of emergency management.

Brown previously worked as a city housing division police officer, a municipal firefighter, an investigator for the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office and a state police employee assigned to alcoholic beverage enforcement.

He retired as the prosecutor's chief of detectives and is collecting a $100,000 annual pension.

Brown's resume does not list any jobs in which he worked in transportation services.

Evans notified Robert Davis, the interim Passaic County superintendent of schools, of his plan to hire Brown as transportation director in a Sept. 16 letter. "As illustrated in the attached resume, his previous and current professional experiences make him a strong candidate for this role," Evans wrote.

A spokesman for the state Education Department said the district has not yet sent word of Brown's appointment to Trenton.

The district has not disclosed Brown's salary, nor has it said how many people applied for the position or whether there was an advertisement seeking candidates. The job of executive director of transportation is not listed among transportation division jobs on the district's website.

Terry Corallo, district spokeswoman, said Brown was appointed in an "interim" capacity. In other instances, the district has named people to jobs on an interim basis without advertising for other applicants.

The district is still in salary and contract negotiations with Brown, officials said.

Brown said he would leave his post as city fire director, but he declined to comment on his appointment, referring all questions to Evans. …

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