N.J. town drops plan to replace police chief with civilian
Shannon D. Harrington, Staff Writer
(LODI, N.J.) - Borough officials have for now scrapped a plan to hire a civilian police director to replace police Chief Edward Kukalski, citing uncertainty over whether he will return after undergoing hip replacement surgery.
Council members had considered appointing a director to temporarily take over the department, saying Kukalski, a 38-year veteran of the force, had told them he would retire at the end of the year. But later, they said, Kukalski indicated he may return, depending on how the surgery goes. The chief left active duty March 2 and is expected to undergo surgery soon.
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