- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

CAPE MAY, N.J. (AP) - The city council in one of New Jersey’s best-known beach towns demoted the police chief and one newly elected council member resigned in protest in a turbulent public meeting.

The Cape May city council voted 3-2 on Tuesday to demote Robert Sheehan to captain.

Some city officials said they took the action because the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office was conducting a criminal investigation regarding Sheehan, who became chief one year ago.

But Prosecutor Robert Taylor tells The Press of Atlantic City (https://bit.ly/1Eksvg9 ) that Sheehan was not being investigated.

Sheehan called his demotion an “ambush-style action” and Councilman Jerry Inderwies resigned in protest. He had joined the council in January.

Even though his rank is lower, Sheehan remains in charge of the department until a replacement is hired.

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Information from: The Press of Atlantic City (N.J.), https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com

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