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Police Chief's Retirement Benefit: Over $130K Per Year

Anthony DeZenzo's retirement benefit puts him in the rarefied $100K Club with his two predecessors.

When Parsippany Police Chief Anthony DeZenzo on March 1 steps down after less than 18 months since his swearing in and 31 years on the force in all, he will walk away with a lifetime benefit of about $131,952 per year.

The estimate comes from the state Department of Treasury.

That figure breaks down to about $10,996 per month and puts DeZenzo into the exclusive "$100K Club," which is made up of former township employees who earn more than $100,000 per year in retirement benefits.

In addition to his 31 years with PPD, DeZenzo spent a year working for the Morris County Sheriff's Office early in his career.

Of the handful of former employees on the list are former police chiefs Michael Peckerman ($120,015) and Michael T. Filippello ($110,876). The dollar figures, from New Jersey Watchdog, are as of Dec. 31, 2011.

The chief told Patch that he filed papers to resign with the state Police and Firemen’s Retirement System last Friday.

Patch asked local elected officials for their reaction to the chief's departure.

Mayor James Barberio had nothing but good words to say about the man he made chief.

"Chief DeZenzo has served the people of Parsippany wth distinction for 31 years," Barberio said. "He has been an outstanding police officer and a terrific chief."

"I wish Tony all the best in his retirement," said Councilman Jonathan Nelson. "I hope the mayor does the right thing by appointing Deputy Chief Paul Philipps to the top position." 

Veteran Town Council member Michael J. dePierro shared the same wish for Philipps' promotion with the Star-Ledger, offering praise to both Philipps and DeZenzo..

Councilman Paul Carifi Jr. also hailed DeZenzo's work as chief.

“I think he was a good chief, especially when our town went through some dramatic occurrences," he said. "He’s always been very pleasant and professional.”

Rumor has it that DeZenzo, who also headed the town's Office of Emergency Management, may move to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office. DeZenzo said that as of right now, that is not true. He said he is reviewing his options.

As to who will replace the chief, that is unknown at present. The obvious choice to some would be Deputy Chief Paul Philipps, however Mayor James Barberio could opt to sidestep the deputy and instead elevate one of the police captains.

1fairguy February 28, 2013 at 10:38 PM
"Mikey", I'm willing to bet that some of the cops have been DENIED vacation days here and there due to the understaffing. So how can you take away a contractual item if it's not their fault? I wouldn't want to pay the OT for the replacements if a bunch called out the same day either....So,how much of you 2012 tax bill went to the PD? I bet you don't have a clue!
1fairguy February 28, 2013 at 10:45 PM
"Mikey," first of all it's "EFFECT" not "affect." It shouldn't matter what "team" the next next DC is on, all that should matter is that he is the best qualified. Put up resumes, and THEIR productivity from the date they were hired. No "good ol' boy" bs!
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 28, 2013 at 10:56 PM
What everyone seems to be oblivious to is that the retirement pay for everyone is going to be hyper-inflated away to mere nothingness. That is unless you made a deal to be paid in gold or silver, your doomed. The country can't afford to pay these promises, everyone knows it, yet they fool themselves. It is really quite amazing.
1fairguy March 02, 2013 at 05:40 AM
guess you HEARD wrong! Flacco got millions fool!
john p maguire May 01, 2013 at 08:19 AM
It Feels AWFUL And The Residents Of Parsippany-Troy Hills Are Paying Dearly For The Incompetence Of This Current Mayor And His Political Co-Horts. The Whole Town & It's Administration Should Be Investigated By The Attorney General's Office For Gross Mismanagement And Deceitful Tactics Used On A Daily Basis. Mossberg Should Be In Jail Along With 15-20 Others, Many Of Which Live In Powder Mill !!!!!!

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