A Bergen County police chief presently suspended over corruption and misconduct costs has been endorsed by the county GOP as their nominee to vie for the County Sheriff’s race.
The Bergen County Republican Group endorsed Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert Kugler because the Republican candidate for the Bergen County Sheriff’s Race, regardless of allegations that he ordered officers below his command to supply escorts whereas on-duty for the funeral house he owns.
On the group’s conference Tuesday night time, Kugler obtained almost thrice as many votes as challenger Harry Shortway, the Midland Park mayor, reported NorthJersey.com. The vote means Kugler will get the “celebration line,” the primary place on the poll as an endorsed candidate.
The poll place has Kugler, a veteran police officer, poised to win the GOP main election in June.
“I’m extraordinarily honored to be a candidate for Sheriff and to have the help of the Republican Occasion of Bergen County,” Kugler informed NJ Advance Media. “All I need to do is serve the general public in what I take into account one of the vital essential roles as a legislation enforcement officer and Sheriff.”
Final month, Kugler, who owns Kugler Funeral Residence in Saddle Brook, was charged with official misconduct for allegedly ordering officers to escort funerals whereas on responsibility between January 2019 and August 2020, the New Jersey Lawyer Common’s Workplace beforehand stated. He was additionally charged with conspiracy and corruption of public sources, the workplace stated.
A city ordinance bans the usage of police automobiles for escorts until for the native authorities or non-profit organizations, in accordance with the assertion.
“Cops allegedly carried out escorts ordered by Kugler throughout their common shifts, and so they escorted funeral processions to cemeteries each inside and out of doors of Saddle Brook. Kugler Funeral Residence didn’t reimburse the Township of Saddle Brook for the escorts,” the lawyer common’s workplace stated in a press release.
Kulger’s lawyer, John J. Bruno, of Bruno & Ferrara in Rutherford, beforehand stated his consumer was harmless of the fees. Kugler has by no means cheated the township and by no means abused his authority as police chief, Bruno added.
When requested how he’d reply to opponents or detractors who would convey up the fees through the marketing campaign, he echoed the claims of innocence.
“Though the fees are very severe ones, as soon as the info are laid out it must be apparent they shouldn’t, and don’t, apply to me,” Kugler informed NJ Advance Media.”I didn’t do something incorrect and look ahead in absolving myself from this false narrative depicted in direction of me.”
Kugler, 59, is a longtime legislation enforcement officer in Saddle Brook, the place he served as chief since 1995. A former president of the Bergen County Police Chiefs Affiliation, Kugler earlier this year announced he would problem Democrat incumbent Anthony Cureton for Bergen County sheriff.
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