MORRISTOWN– Retired Parsippany Police Capt. James Carifi informed a Morris County civil jury Wednesday he feared for his job and pension for months as he was examined for declared infractions of cop’s department policy for off-duty traffic control tasks.
” Potential prison time. Loss of pension. Loss of income. My profession, whatever,” Carifi affirmed about his concerns as the department internal affairs probe extended from September 2009 until April 2010 when he found out the offense claims were “not continual.”.
Carifi invested 2 hours on the witness stand as the 2nd witness in the trial on his claim versus the department, retired Police Chief Michael Peckerman and present Police Chief Paul Philipps. Carifi’s testament will resume Thursday before Superior Court Judge Maryann Nergaard in Morristown.
Carifi, who signed up with the Parsippany department in 1992 after working for the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, competes he went through vindictive internal affairs probes in between 2009 and 2011 after he reported misdeed in the department. He also competes that remained in the offense of the state’s Conscientious Employee Protection Act, also called the “whistle-blower” law.
Carifi also declares he was incorrectly bypassed for the promo to deputy authorities chief. Lawyer Thomas Hanrahan, who is protecting the area, stated Carifi wasn’t qualified for the promo because he had not taken the required test and had not finished one year in the captain’s position.
Under questioning by his lawyer, Christopher Deininger, Carifi stated he was the topic of 6 or 7 internal affairs probes prior to his retirement in 2013.
The difficulties causing his suit, according to his statement, began Sept. 3, 2009, following a holiday. He stated when he went back to work, he was informed at 7:15 a.m. he was eliminated of his lieutenant command tasks in the preparation and research system by then-Chief Peckerman and Capt. Ed Jasiecki.
He stated he discovered he was under examination for presumably breaching the department’s off-duty “roadway tasks” policy.
He stated he was informed to have no contact with 2 secondary officers under his guidance.
Carifi stated he was not provided a transfer order and had no job duties other than those he willingly carried out, consisting of evaluating early morning reports. Carifi affirmed that on Sept. 8, 2009, a couple of days after he was verbally alerted about the IA probe versus him, he found a stack of reports on his desk and started to evaluate them.
Carifi stated the files included ask for overtime and countervailing pay from animal control officers working for the area. He stated the reports revealed many of the demands included “double-dipping” or tries to be compensated for compensation time and overtime. He stated he saw the actions as possible main misbehavior, but the manager for the animal control officers informed him the practice had actually been typically validated by cop’s administration.
He stated he sent out a memo about the overtime and compensation time demands to Peckerman and Jasiecki. 2 days later, on Sept. 11, 2009, he stated, he was formally alerted in composing that he was the topic of the internal affairs probe on the roadway job issue.
He stated the possibility of being the topic of a criminal examination was “very demanding,” which he got another notice November 2009 that he was the topic of an administrative examination.
He stated he wasn’t formally informed by superiors that the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office had examined the roadway job accusations versus him which it had actually concluded in October 2009 the matter wasn’t criminal. He also wasn’t particularly informed, he stated, the accusation was returned to Parsippany to be dealt with as an administrative matter.
” I was still under the impression I was being examined for a criminal activity,” Carifi stated.
He stated he was gone back to his position in the Planning and Research system in April 2010 after the IA probe was “not continual.” He stated he, later on, found out the conclusion was reached in January 2010, almost 4 months before he was gone back to his command position.
He identified the length of the IA examination about the roadway tasks as an example of superiors “dragging their feet throughout the examination.” His voice blocking with feeling at one point, Carifi stated his family informed him he was becoming short-fused.
” They talked with me a couple of times, stated I was different,” he stated.
When he goes back to the witness stand Thursday, Carifi is anticipated to chronicle other acts of misdeed he reported and the IA probes that followed as declared vindictive acts.