Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Pal Park Police Chief Retires

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Pal Park Police Chief Retires

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PALISADES PARK -- After five years as police chief, Benjamin Ramos, who has been on paid suspension since administrative charges were filed against him, will retire from his post effective June 1.

Ramos made his retirement official on Tuesday when he sent a letter to the borough saying he would retire on ordinary disability. The mayor and council approved the retirement at their meeting Tuesday night.

"At this time Chief Ramos would like to state that he is proud of his service to the residents of Palisades Park," his attorney, Patrick O'Dea, wrote in an email. "Chief Ramos also wants to express his thanks and gratitude to the residents of Palisades Park for having granted him the opportunity to serve as a member of the Palisades Park Police Department and in particular he would like to thank all those residents that have supported him and wished him well these past several months."

The administrative charges filed against him, which include misconduct, neglect of duty and harassment, still need to be resolved, Borough Attorney John Schettino said. An administrative hearing on those charges began last month and was supposed to resume this morning, but was adjourned.

"We are going to have further discussion with Mr. Ramos' attorney and see if we can come up with a resolution with respect to those outstanding charges," Schettino said after the Borough Council meeting.

Ramos would have to be approved for ordinary disability, a process that takes several months. To be eligible for ordinary disability an applicant must prove that he or she is physically or mentally incapacitated and cannot perform assigned job duties, according to a fact sheet from the New Jersey Division of Pension and Benefits. Applicants must also have four or more years of New Jersey service credit, and must provide medical reports or corroborating evidence that supports the disability, the fact sheet said.

A spokesman for the state Department of Treasury said Tuesday afternoon that an application from Ramos had yet to be received.

Ramos has been suspended since February after the Borough Council received a report by a special attorney hired to look into allegations of harassment and retaliation. …

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