Atlantic City Mayor – Unwavering In His Support For Chief of Police
Let’s give credit, where credit is due.
Atlantic City Mayor Marty Small has been actively pushing for James Sarkos to be the next Chief of Police ever since former Chief Henry White retired nearly two years ago.
Sarkos had been serving under the title “Interim Officer in Charge” for an extended period.
That ambiguous title is confusing and does not inspire confidence, especially when you hold it for 1 year and 9 months like Sarkos did.
Fortunately for the citizens and visitors of Atlantic City, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy appointed Sarkos to “Acting Chief of Police” last week.
Now, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, under Murphy’s watchful eye, will decide if Sarkos can receive the permanent appointment, or, if will there be a need to call for a full written exam and formal testing process for the position of Atlantic City Chief of Police.
This decision should be made in the near future, however, now that Atlantic City has a Chief of Police … “acting” or otherwise, it’s not as much of a problem as it was when Atlantic City was operating under the “Interim Officer in Charge.”
Good order is one of the most important things in any paramilitary organization. Governor Murphy has gone a long way towards restoring good order to the Atlantic City Police Department.
We wrote about the case for Sarkos back on November 5, 2021. If you missed it, here it is:
Back to Mayor Small. He has been at the receiving end of his fair share of criticism for variety of reasons.
But, while it’s appropriate to point out critical things … it’s equally important to give credit when earned.
Make no mistake about it, Small has been unequivocal in his ardent support for Sarkos to be the next Chief of Police.
Without Small’s staunch support, Sarkos’ promotion to Acting Chief of Police would not have taken place.