- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - The police director of a northern New Jersey city says he is limiting his term as interim police chief of a Pennsylvania town nearly 100 miles away.

Jerry Speziale (SPEE’-zee-al) has faced questions for his plan to serve as a part-time interim police chief in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, while working as full-time police director in Paterson, New Jersey.

His appointment as Hazleton’s chief was postponed earlier this week.

Speziale announced on Thursday he will limit his time in Hazelton to no more than 120 days or until a replacement is found.

Paterson Mayor Joey Torres tells The Record (bit.ly/1OTR7Oy) newspaper Speziale would help the new Hazleton mayor find a permanent police chief and create a panel of law enforcement and community leaders.

Speziale is paid about $92,000 a year in Paterson.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com


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