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EdPDLaw Editorial
February 20, 2016
 
TISH NALLS-CASTILLO PROMOTED TO DIRECTOR OF CORRECTIONS AND RONALD EDWARDS PROMOTED TO DEPUTY DIRECTOR

After little to no search by the County for qualified candidates, on January 28, 2016, the County made Tish Nalls-Castillo the permanent Director despite being presented with a plethora of evidence that she is not qualified.

       

At the January 28, 2016 Freeholders Meeting Acting Director Tish Nalls-Castillo was made the permanent Director of Corrections.  Flanked by a good sized crowd of Correction Officers, Freeholder Romano made the following comment:

     
FREEHOLDER ROMANO:  "I would just like to say how impressed I am with the sea of blue to Director's Nall's support, as I see here today, as we see here today.  I hope it stays with you through the good times and the bad times.  To lead a law enforcement agency in this day and age is a monumental undertaking that is going to challenge you in every way.  You need the support of the immediate command staff and the Captains and middle management, trickling down to the people, and most importantly in any law enforcement organization, the personnel that you have to now the task of commanding and leading.

Corrections is a very difficult challenge.  A lot of different things are going on whether within this County or without.  I know that we all wish her the best.  I hope that the officers, and I see Class A's, would be very impressed with their professionalism, so it would be a commitment to their professionalism, responsibility and accountability as supervisors, the respect given, and the respect hopefully gotten, that you will be cared for at the correctional facility, by those that you supervise and that you lead.

So I think that --- I hope, and we're here to help you.  I hope that its a transparency, it's an open door policy, and that you work with this Administration, both the legislative body, the Freeholders; and the executive body. 

 

What Freeholder Romano did not know at the time, was that the "sea of blue" he was referring to were all the recently promoted supervisors and Union heads and that it was "suggested very strongly" they should attend whether they wanted to or not.

Here is a picture of those in attendance:

Swearing In

At her swearing in, both Union President's spoke endorsing the decision to make her Director of Correction, giving the impression that both Unions agreed with the decision.  In order for that to be the case, the matter would have had to been voted on by the entire membership, which, according to information received by EdPDLaw, never happened.  That's right Freeholders, you got played again.

MR. NIEVES:  "Good Evening, Board.  My name is Anthony Nieves.  I am the Union President for 1099 [sic] Supervisor, and we proudly endorse and hope that you will approve Director Nalls as the next supervisor. That's all I am going to say.  Thank you, have a good evening."

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MS. GAILLARD:  "Good Evening, everyone.  I am Officer Gaillard, and I am the Acting President of PBA 1099[sic] , I would like to say that I proudly support the Director Tish, Acting Director Tish Castillo in the Hudson County Department of Corrections."  

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CAPTAIN CONRAD:  "Hello, my name is Captain Michael Conrad, and you can see through here, we all support our new director.  So I want to thank you for choosing her and giving us our new leader.  Thank you."

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OFFICER COLLY:  "I'm going real brief.  I am officer Matos Colly, Hudson County Department of Corrections.  I wanted to thank you for appointing Director Nalls.  She's always been at the forefront of being fair, firm and consistent, and that's something we need.  If you look around the room, you see the department is really represented by a diverse group, mixed with brass and the officers working together to fulfill and make the department something that's great and something that is an example for other departments, and we thank you guys for giving us the opportunity to come here and show out appreciation.

Also, I do thank you guys for applauding us for the long hours a lot of officers spent.  Some spent 32 hours not being able to go home, and this is something that we deal with on a day-to-day.  Thank you guys,  Have a good night."  

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Starting with Union President Nieves, he is very close to "Director" Castillo's husband, Eriberto Castillo and was featured in a story entitled "Warming Center/Over Time Problems", wherein he and Castillo were receiving copious amounts of unjustified overtime.  There is little doubt that he will benefit from Director Nalls appointment.  Click here to read the story.

Ms. Gaillard at the time was the "Acting President" of the rank and file Union.  A title which she has since been stripped of by the State PBA for numerous reasons.  Prior to holding that "temporary" title she held the title of Treasurer of the Union until the State PBA removed her from that position and took the Union checkbook away from her because of her unauthorized spending sprees and untruthfulness about what she was doing with the money.  

For example, 4 months ago she was to pay the Union taxes.  The taxes have yet to be completed. 

She spent $1525 on a funeral after being specifically told that she was not permitted to spend more than her allotted $700.  She did it anyway, without a vote, without permission, then lied about it stating she used the money for the taxes.  The Union Board did not know what really happened to the monies until a member of the supervisor's union let it slip.

She cancelled Corrections Week, blamed it on a fellow Board Member that she dislikes and then ran to her girl, "Director Tish" to pay for it.  

Most recently she has conveniently not filed any grievances on behalf of her membership (presumably because she was told not to by the Director as it would make the Director look bad) and instead lied to the grievant telling her that her grievance was in the hands of the Union Attorney.  The Union ended up having to pay the grievant directly for the lost monies from Union monies.

Lastly, after being stripped by the State PBA of her title as "Acting President" and busted back to "Treasurer without a checkbook", she went directly to "Director Tish" and emerged from her office with a letter that stated if the newly appointed "Acting President" was not immediately removed from the position that she no longer wanted to be a member of the PBA.

PBA Letter 

Gaillard then disseminated the letter throughout the jail urging members to sign it.  I imagine that signing that letter is grounds to be removed from the PBA and wait to see what action the State takes against the members who signed it.

Captain Conrad was a close friend of Director Castillo and instrumental in "convincing" all those in attendance at her swearing in to show up.  No doubt he felt that he was going to be the next "Deputy Director", but in a surprising move, he and 4 captains were bypassed and Lt. Ronald Edwards was appointed to the position.  I will reserve judgment on that, I am not even sure you can do that and would be curious to see what Civil Service has to say about that.  Fortunately for the Administration, President Nieves would never challenge them for fear of losing overtime.

That brings us to Officer Colly.  There is no Matos Colly, so it is unknown who this officer is that stood up and endorsed the Director or why he felt the need to hide his true identity.  Obviously, he is not proud enough to make those statements and reveal his true identity.

He is correct about officers being held 32 hours mandatory to work the storm.  In fact, immediately after being held the 32 hours and additional 48 hours, one officer that worked was immediately suspended as being unfit for duty?

As of this date, 4 Union Board members have been given preferential treatment as the "fair" "Director Tish" bribes the Board members with positions as she attempts to control the Union, and keep members from filing grievances and making her look bad.

The appointment is so bizarre that it almost feels like a setup, like the jail is just a cash cow and they just need someone to sign the paperwork, and take the fall.  That is just my opinion.

Sgt. Helen Ford will start her 4th week of trial next week and hopes to have a verdict by the end of the week.  Good luck Sgt. Ford!  Check back for updates after the verdict.


EdPDLaw Editorial
October 2, 2015
 
INTERIM DEPUTY DIRECTOR'S CIRCLE OF FRIENDS GETTING SMALLER
 

Despite Confidential Aid/Deputy Director Tish Nalls-Castillo circle of friends getting smaller with them either getting terminated or going to jail, she is still up to her old tricks that she learned from Eady.  As she showed everyone with the hiring of her daughter, Shaniqua, and the special treatment she received despite failing out of the Academy on 2 ocassions and being arrested for punching someone in the face and trying to run them over with a car, Nalls-Castillo continues her questionable activity by usurping the Rules & Regulations as well as the Contract, 

Within the past months, prior to McClary being terminated, Nalls used McClary as her agent to bargain directly with the members of PBA Local #109 and offered them disciplinary deals as long as they did not tell the Union of what was going on. Now with McClary terminated, it was hoped that Nall-Castillo would stop her bull sh*t and do things the right way.  No such luck.  Nalls-Castillo has enlisted the services of another "Union Appointee" to do her dirty work, this time on behalf of her husband, Eriberto Castillo.  As if he did not cause enough trouble for himself with the Warming Center disaster, he has now gotten himself jammed up with a female who accused him of sexual discrimination and/or harassment.

In her usual underhanded manner, Confidential Aid/Deputy Director Tish Nalls-Castillo (whatever her title is) had her new Union Informant continuously approach the victim and repeatedly tell her that she should go talk with Nalls-Castillo about the situation and/or let the Union Informant handle the problem?  Nalls-Castillo has clearly, once again, interfered with an investigation and now given the Union an Unfair Labor Practice.  

The last time she inserted herself into a matter was when she called an off-duty Judge at midnight to have her daughters bail changed to ROR after she was arrested for punching a woman in the face and trying to run her over with a car.  

Lastly, rumor has it that she is trying to set her husband up to run Internal Affairs this despite her previous promise that positions would be tested for.  (She is also trying to get Conrad and Edwards in supervisory roles as Captain even though another supervisor tested number 1 in the State.) Clearly she learned this move from previous Director Aviles who made his cousin in charge of Internal Affairs, a promotion he was given which he did not test for until it was discovered years later. They then hired a "Director" to give the appearance that he oversees the Department. This "Director" recently jeopardized his pension by conducting an entire investigation, including interviews and then wrote a report clearly in violation of the Pension Guidelines. Check back for more on Caldwell and the scope of his position under the Pension Guidelines.

We did give Nalls-Castillo the benefit of the doubt after her speech at line-up and she failed with flying colors.  As for the mole in the Union Board, well, they will have to deal with that and figure out what else he is doing behind their backs - like sending emails to undermine them.


EdPDLaw Editorial
September 2, 2015
 
INTERIM DEPUTY DIRECTOR'S DAUGHTER RESIGNS FROM ONE POSITION AND GIVEN ANOTHER WITHOUT A PAY CUT - ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE NALLS-CASTILLO NEPOTISM
 

Since failing out of the Ocean County Police Academy with an injury in and about August 2014,  Shaniqua Nalls was sent to the Essex County Police Academy where she again failed to complete the Basic Correction Officer Course.  The up and coming little Aviles, I mean Nalls, has already been shown preferential treatment and was hidden in the Juneau Building watching surveillance videos of Bayonne Park while Mom figured out what to do next.  

As we previously reported, Shaniqua Nalls received a paycheck for OJI while out from Ocean County even though a candidate similarly situated, Migdalia Maldonado, after breaking her leg at the Police Academy was terminated and had to fight to get her position back.  As part of the Settlement Agreement she signed with the County, Maldonado had to make it through the Academy on the 2nd occasion.

Since those events apparently Mom, Confidential Aid Nalls-Castillo has figured it out and on June 1. 2015 Shaniqua RESIGNED as a correction officer.  However, on June 3, 2015 she was "REHIRED" as a "Seasonal Assistant" with NO SALARY CUT.  

Getting this information proved to be extremely difficult as at first they failed to supply her Employee Profile at all. When they finally did supply her profile, it showed that she was making .49 cents an hour or $12.85 a year.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW HER CURRENT EMPLOYEE PROFILE.

When questioned, personnel stated that the information was correct.  When told that I was going to request copies of her paychecks, they came clean and admitted that she is still making the exact same income as she was when she was a corrections officer.

This is the Oscar/Ricardo Aviles Nepotism debacle on steroids as the Nalls-Castillo family continues to do as it pleases with NO OVERSIGHT, including:

    Sgt. Eriberto Castillo (husband of Confidential Aid Nalls-Castillo)

    Placed in charge of the Jemp Program; assigned to the Prosecutor's Office, working overtime at the jail, (both in the jail, work release and Office of Professional Standards) also assigned to SOG (Special Operations Group).  Were any of these positions posted as per the Union Contract?  So that someone else who needs overtime would have an opportunity to work some of these details?  It seems to be that Sgt. Castillo is being pulled in too many directions which always leads to things falling through the cracks and not being able to pay proper attention to the task at hand.

     Shaniqua Nalls (daughter/step daughter of Sgt. Castillo and Confidential Aid Tish Nalls-Castillo):

    Other more qualified candidates were skipped over on the list to give her an opportunity to be a correction officer. She fails out of one Academy and is placed on OJI when everyone else is terminated.  She then tries to RUN SOMEONE OVER WITH HER CAR, Mommy intervenes again and magically the bail on her warrant turns to a ROR.  She then allegedly receives a minimum 12 hour suspension, which is not documented anywhere, receives a RAISE and is re-enrolled in another Police Academy.  She FAILS OUT again and is permitted to keep her position.  Finally she is forced to resign on June 1, 2015 only to be given a position as "seasonal assistant" with NO CUT IN PAY.

    The alleged suspension she served for trying to RUN SOMEONE OVER WITH HER CAR was served by having 12 hours off prior to Christmas and the week off between Christmas and New Years.  THE SUSPENSION DOES NOT SHOW UP ON HER EMPLOYEE PROFILE.  She currently works day shift with weekends off.  CLICK HERE TO SEE HER CALENDAR.

   Confidential Aid Tish Nalls-Castillo

     Screws up nearly every investigation she takes part in costing the County thousands, if not millions of dollars. (Novielli, Prins, Ortiz, Carracio, Mitchell, Oquendo, Mendoza, Coleman-Davis, Jackson, McCleary, Montleone, Miniverni)  She is constantly repriminanded by the Judges or Arbitrators and is an embarrassment to the County.  She has to sue or threaten to sue to obtain her promotions.  She allows her husband and daughter to break all the rules and is prone to unprofessional outbursts when she does not get her way. She attended the Federal Criminal Hearing for former Deputy Director Kirk Eady to show her support for his actions in breaking Federal laws and was there as a paid representative for the County who is currently in litigation over this matter.  She was provided transportation to and from the courthouse with a County vehicle driven by C/O Cholewa.

      The County is not blameless for this mess as it has gone through this once before with Oscar/Ricardo Aviles and has unbelievably chosen to do it again with the Nalls-Castillo family.   

VIEW A PROFESSIONAL ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE POSITION OF DIRECTOR

CIVIL SERVICE CONFIRMS NALLS SALARY AT $21,000 YET COUNTY IS REPORTING SHE IS MAKING NEARLY $27,000
EdPDLaw Editorial
June 14, 2014
 
 DEPUTY DIRECTOR'S DAUGHTER FAILS 2ND ATTEMPT AT ACADEMY
 

Since failing out of the Ocean County Police Academy with an injury in and about August 2014, Shaniqua Nalls was sent to the Essex County Police Academy where she again failed to complete the Basic Corrections Officer Course.  The up and coming little Aviles, I mean Nalls, has already been shown preferential treatment and is currently hidden in the Juneau Building watching surveillance videos of Bayonne Park while Mom figures out what to do next.  

As we previously reported, Nalls received a paycheck for OJI while out from Ocean County even though a candidate similarly situated, Migdalia Maldonado, after breaking her leg at the Police Academy was terminated and had to fight to get her position back.  As part of the Settlement Agreement she signed with the County, Maldonado had to make it through the Academy on the 2nd occasion.

Her Settlement Agreement reads:


b.  The County agrees to return MALDONADO to work at the Hudson County Correctional Facility effective January 23, 2013 as a Correction Officer Recruit.  MALDONADO will continue in this position as a Corrections Officer Recruit until the next Academy class begins at which time MALDONADO shall enroll into that Academy class.

c.  MALDONADO shall be deemed to have resigned from employment as of the date of any such failure, which shall permit the County to take any and all action consistent with the State or any of its subdivisions or agencies.

 

Moreover, she was made to take a 30 day suspension which was changed to Administrative Leave without pay:


WHEREAS on December 14, 2012, the County issued a Preliminary Notice of Disciplinary Action charging Maldonado with the following violations:  inability to perform duties, and other sufficient cause.....

d.  MALDONADO agrees that the period of December 21, 2012 to January 22, 2013 shall be treated as administrative leave, without pay, which shall be recorded as such with the New Jersey Department of Personnel. 

Maldonado was made to agree that she had to complete her 2nd attempt at the Academy or be terminated:


e.  MALDONADO agrees and recognizes that the County, in consideration of Maldonado's undertakings herein, has agreed to forego its right to terminate Maldonado for failute to comply with the requirements of law regarding the appropriate completion of the appropriate course of training, but retains its right to terminate should Maldonado fail to complete said training within the time period set by law.

View Maldonado Settlement Agreement in its entirety here.

The enrollment of personnel in these Academies is not cheap and takes the recruit from the Department for months at a time.  The purpose of hiring is to maximize manpower and minimize overtime.  Moreover, a recruit who cannot complete a basic training course would prove to be a danger both to themselves and to those around them causing a liability on the employer.  Martin v. Jersey City Police Academy, PTC9285-05.  

Shaniqua Aviles, I mean Nalls has been given not one but two opportunities to complete the Basic Course at 2 separate Academies and has been unable to accomplish same.  She has been given preferential treatment by being permitted to collect OJI and given the week between Christmas and New Year's off, something officers with 20 years on the job cannot get.  Moreover, she has received an approximate $6,000 raise for her failures.

It would be completely irresponsible of the Freeholders and the Legal Department to permit her to continue with the Department at this time.

She has already displayed that she is not correction officer material.  This without mentioning the domestic she had wherein she was alleged to have tried to run someone over with her car.  Now you want to give her a Glock? Click here to view the Domestic Violence incident.

A very brave employee from the Personnel Department has resigned stating that there is simply too much corruption and that she was being asked to do illegal things mostly pertaining to time keeping.  In a series of emails to the Freeholders she states that little Aviles, I mean Nalls is already coming to work late.  

-----Original Message-----

From: Priscilla Freire 

Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 9:25 AM

To: Thomas DeGise; Anthony Romano; Jr. Maldonado; Louis Rosen; Elinor Gibney; Abe Antun; Bill Gaughan

Cc: Mercedes Maldonado; Patricia Joyce

Subject: Investigate Shaniqua Nalls

 

Good Morning, 

I believe there needs to be an investigation in place on Shaniqua Nalls as she is no longer in the Academy, believe she has been kicked out due to an active restraining order, but continues to work in the jail.  There are scan ins and out for her as of June 3, 2015 with no scheduled assignment according to Coss. Where is she working then? Is she being docked for arriving late as is done for other officers? Or is it okay because she is a recruit who is no longer in the academy?Is this normal protocol or what is being done under the table as she is the acting deputy director's daughter? Shouldn't she be suspended or terminated? We have other employees who have had a charge/pending charge and have been immediately or almost immediately suspended/discharged which I can give names when an investigation is in place. Please investigate as I will forward to proper authorities for a thorough investigation.

Thank you,

Priscila Freire

Hcdoc

Personnel assistant

In other words, her mother has created a monster with the blessing of the higher ups.  Shaniqua gets arrested and has bail placed on her, Mom makes a call and has her ROR'd.   Shaniqua gets injured at Ocean County Police Academy and that's ok. Mom gets her into Essex County where she no longer is.  That's ok too, because Mom hides her in the Juneau Building doing surveillance where she comes and goes as she pleases.

Here is something that Mom cannot fix or change.  Shaniqua's date of hire is May 27, 2014.  According to the Police Training Act, she had to be trained and/or enrolled in a training program within 1 year of that date:


§ 52:17B-68.1. Basic training, course for investigators

b. A person shall be given a probationary appointment as a corrections officer or as a juvenile detention officer for a period of one year so that the person seeking permanent appointment may satisfactorily complete a basic training course for corrections officers or for juvenile detention officers conducted at a school approved by the Police Training Commission. The probationary time may exceed one year for those persons enrolled within the one-year period in a basic training course scheduled to end after the expiration of the one-year period. A person shall participate in a basic training course only if that person holds a probationary appointment and that person shall be entitled to a leave of absence with pay to attend a basic training course.

Now they have a real mess because at least one other candidate and possibly two did not make it through either so they are all sitting in the Juneau Building.  Those other candidates can thank their lucky stars that Little Ricky, I mean Shaniqua came back first, because if not, they would have been terminated immediately.

View Shaniqua's Employee Profile

EdPDLaw Editorial
April 30, 2014

VIEW CASTILLO'S 2015 PAY STUBS

As per numerous request, Castillo's 2015 pay stubs are available to view here.  Click here to view Castillo pay stubs.

You will notice 2 numbers on the stubs - one is for "overtime" which generally is the time he worked JEMP or the running backgrounds.  The second number, which has no explanation, is the amount of time he worked at the Warming Center, just divide that number by $50 to get the actual hours.

Castillo's OverTime Calendars Castillo's COSS
Castillo's Holiday Pay June 2014 Castillo's Holiday Pay December 2014


EdPDLaw Editorial
April 23, 2014

SINCE OUR LAST POST EXPOSING CASTILLO"S OVERTIME HE HAS ACCUMULATED EVEN MORE AND WHY NOT? WHO IS GOING TO STOP HIM? HIS WIFE?

Since our last post Eriberto Castillo has continued to rack up the overtime, unchecked.  He could care less what anyone thinks, I mean after all, who is going to stop him?  His wife?  Acting Deputy Director Nalls-Castillo?  Or the less intimidating Director Oscar Aviles?

Castillo is a little more elusive now that he knows that he is being watched but has his overtime down to a science.  You see he is assigned full time to the Prosecutor's Office - on loan - so to speak.  This means that if he is questioned by the County or anyone else he simply states that he is working for the Prosecutor's Office.. or at the Academy... or at the Warming Center... or processing applicants...or the JEMP Program, you see, nobody can check on him and he has used it to his full advantage.

Aside from "working" for the Prosecutor's Office, Castillo works for the JEMP Program.  The Juvenile Electronic Monitoring Program.  Of course we have all learned that the juveniles are no longer housed in Hudson County and were sent to Union County.*  That was a huge waste of taxpayer's monies and Castillo $78.22 overtime rate.

Despite plans to move the juveniles and absorb the JDO's into the jail to work the mains, Castillo has continued to rack up overtime working the JEMP program and even training officers on the program as recently as 4/12/15  (last week) even though all the juveniles have gone to Union County.

As if Castillo is not busy enough between his gig at the Prosecutor's Office and the JEMP program, Castillo has been also racking up large amounts of overtime while sleeping at the Warming Center.  A look at his overtime shows him working the midnight shift at the warming center, then going to the Prosecutor's Offie and then working the JEMP Program, or working them all simultaneously and overlapping.  The reason I assume that he is sleeping at the Warming Center is that he has to sleep at some time when working 20 - 24 hours a day, I would assume that he was sleeping at some point during those hours.  But hey, who really cares?  His wife?  She reaps the benefit of that money.  Director Aviles?  The puppet?  We will have to get back to you on that, we have to wait to see what he is told to do about it....

Anyway, this Warming Center was a good gig too, because its paid by someone else, possibly a grant.  So no one really knows where Castillo is or what he is being paid for or by who.  Moreover, no one knows for certain if he actually shows up for the overtime he claims to be working.  Technically, there are not enough hours in some of the days that he claims to be working and his times overlap by a couple hours.  Moreover, apparently he has a time machine that he is not sharing because all the times run back to back.

A review of the Warming Center Log-In book is just as confusing as in December he just signs in and does not sign out.  There are also entries for "Relief" which again is one of those mystic terms which could basically mean anything at all.

One thing I am certain of is that you are not allowed to sleep on duty.  He also uses a lot of Holiday and Comp time, and then gets a Holiday Check for them and Overtime - that is FLAT OUT STEALING, there is no other way to sugarcoat that one.

Moreover, the overtime slips are not showing up on the COSS, in fact in January and February the only time in COSS is for JEMP.  Click here to view the COSS.  The rest of the time I pulled from the Overtime Slips, Login Book and Prosecutor's Office.

I hope Castillo knows that if he gets away with this that overtime is not figured into his pension.  Moreover, why are we paying ANYONE overtime to run background checks when we have 2 entire units to do it.  The Office of Professional Standards and Internal Affairs.  Castillo makes $78.22 an hour for overtime.

2.2 A - PROHIBITIED ACTIVITY:

A.    SLEEPING, LOAFING OR IDLING.

 

ARTICLE V- HOLIDAY

    SECTION 1.  THE EMPLOYER AGREES TO PAY CASH FOR FOURTEEN (14) HOLIDAYS.  PAYMENT FOR THE HOLIDAYS FALLING PRIOR TO JUNE 30 WILL BE PAID FOR ON JULY 15.  PAYMENT FOR HOLIDAYS FALLING IN THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR WILL BE PAID FOR ON OR BEFORE THE LAST PAYDAY OF THE CALENDAR YEAR.

   SECTIION 2.  RECOGNIZING THAT THE JAIL AND PENITENTIARY EMPLOYEES WORK EVERYDAY OF THE YEAR REGARDLESS OF THE HOLIDAYS, THE EMPLOYER SHALL AGREE TO DISTRIBUTE TWO (2) MAJOR HOLIDAY, NAMELY CHRISTMAS DAY AND NEW YEAR'S DAY, AS DAYS OFF ON A FAIR AND EQUITABLE BASIS AND CONSULT WITH THE EMPLOYEE AS TO HIS/HER PREFERENCE.

    SECTION 3.    OFFICERS SHALL RECEIVE COMPENSATORY TIME OFF FOR ALL EXTRA HOLIDAYS AS GRANTED IN THE DISCRETION OF THE COUNTY FOR COUTY EMPLOYEES.
    

ARTICLE VI - VACATIONS

SECTION 1. THE FOLLOWING VACATION PLAN SHALL APPLY:

BEGINNING THE 16TH YEAR OF EMPLOYMENT THROUGH THE 24TH YEAR:    25 DAYS

SECTION 2.  THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES WILL PREVAIL IN DETERMINING VACATION SCHEDULES:

    A.    SENIORITY BY SHIFT SHALL PREVAIL IN SELECTION OF VACATIONS, WITH THE COUNTY RETAINING THE RIGHT TO TEMPORARILY ASSIGN OFFICERS FROM OTHER SHIFTS TO STAFF ANY SHIFTS WHERE STAFFING LEVELS DROP BELOW THE ACCEPTED LEVEL DUE TO VACATION SELECTION.  THE TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENT OF OFFICERS TO OTHER SHIFTS IS NOT ARBITRABLE.  WHERE QUALIFIED, TRANSFERS WILL BE MADE ON THE BASIS OF INVERSE SENIORITY.

    B.    NO MORE THAN 15% OF THE SHIFT SHALL BE ON VACATION AT ANY ONE TIME.

    F.    NO MORE THAN THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF DAYS AUTHORIZED AS CONFORMING TO PROVISION OF LENGTH OF SERVICE SHALL BE TAKEN IN ANY ONE YEAR.      

FOR OFFICER SAFETY :
 
FSLA DICTATES THAT NO LAW ENFORCEMENT SHOULD WORK MORE THAN 16 HOURS IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD.

What baffles me is how you get paid for a Holiday, and overtime and still get 2 Holiday checks. 

  • On July 4, 2014, Eriberto worked 2 overtime assignments and accumulated 14 hours of overtime on a Holiday.  Holiday pay is double time, plus he gets time and a half for overtime.  That means that for 8 hours on July 4, 2014, Eriberto Castillo earned TRIPLE TIME AND A HALF!   click to view July 4th Overtime for Castillo
  • Despite being assigned to the Prosecutor's Office with Officer Samuel Felix, Felix had NO OVERTIME in 2013 and only 24 hours in 2014.  click to view 2014 Overtime for Felix

In 2001 when problems such as time and attendance came to light, the County threw the time keeper, Betty Moore, under the bus and blamed her for a myriad of things that they had instructed her do before hand.  This resulted in the County lodging 4 separate sets of formal Civil Service charges against her ranging from incompetency, insubordination to neglect of duty. These charges resulted in a 95 day suspension and a new time keeper being set in place.  Click here to get the case.  

NOTE ON THE JDO's:

They seem to be having problems in Union County with the little rascals and the Shared Agreement has not worked out as planned and Dembowski has just been making up and passing out titles without Civil Service approval. See Civil Service Response.  This Agreement was to send the juveniles to Union County in return for the housing of the adult prisoners has been in the works since at least December 2014 as reported by NJ.com.  Read Article.

Inmates attacked staff at Union County juvenile center, authorities say

 

NALLS - CASTILLO PROMOTED TO DEPUTY DIRECTOR

EdPDLaw Editorial
January 10, 2015
 

WHY?
 
The Overwhelming Response to the Nalls/Nepotism Story from Officers and Civilians alike is the same.

Why are some given special treatment and more importantly, why is nobody doing anything about it?

 

While we at EdPDLaw feel your frustration, we don't really have the answers other than to revert back to when we were investigating Ricky Aviles and Kirk Eady.  Aviles/Eady repeatedly threaten to take others down with them, including County Counsel Donato Battista.   One thing is clear, they are aware of what is going on at the jail and taking no steps to remedy the problems despite the exorbitant and rising costs to the taxpayers.

In the instant matter, Shaniqua Nall's was charged on a Warrant with Simple Assault: 2C:12-1(a).  A Temporary Restraining Order was also granted.

Warrant No.: 2014-007055 issued on  November 30, 2014, read:

WITHIN THE JURISDICTION OF THIS COURT, THE ACTOR SHANIQUA R. NALLS DID KNOWINGLY AND PURPOSELY COMMIT THE ACT OF SIMPLE ASSAULT AGAINST THE VICTIM, (NAME OMITTED).  THE ACTOR PUNCHED THE VICTIM WITH A CLOSED FIST ON THE FACE CAUSING PAIN AND SWELLING ON THE NOSE AND EYE AREA.  IN VIOLATION OF N.J.S.A. 2C:12-1A.

ISSUANCE OF THIS WARRANT WAS THE STATEMENT PROVIDED BY THE VICTIM (NAME OMITTED) TO THE U/S OFFICERS AND JUDGE CURTIS.  WARRANT WAS GRANTED TELEPHONICALLY BY HON., JUDGE CURTIS TELEPHONICALLY AT 19:02 HOURS. 

At the time of the incident, Shaniqua Nalls was in COSS as OJI - "injured on duty" allegedly from an injury she sustained at the Academy.  She continued to collect a paycheck on OJI while awaiting the outcome of the charge against her.

On December 18, 2014 the charge against her was dismissed.  She remained on OJI until December 23, 2014 when she received a 1 day supension. On December 24, 2014 she received a 4 hour suspension and was placed on vacation for the rest of the year.

Two other recruits that went to the Academy with her came home after failing to pass the firearm qualifications.  They were immediately suspended for 5 or 6 days and are rumored to be recycled in the next Academy class?

 A check of the database revealed approximately 15 officers that were charged with the exact same charge of simple assault 2C:12-1(a).  Those officers were immediately suspended, on the same date of the occurrence or within 3 days after the event and deemed to be a threat to themselves or others.  They received the following form:

COUNTY OF HUDSON
NOTICE OF IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION

 

TO:_________________________________                       DATE & TIME:_______________
      (Name and Title of Employee)

TAKE NOTICE that you are suspended from duty immediately for the following reasons(s):

________  You are unfit for duty.

________  You are a hazard to other persons if permitted to remain on the job.

________  An immediate suspension is necessary to maintain safety, health, order or effective direction of public services, or

________  You have been formally charged with a crime of the first, second or third degree, or a crime of the fourth degree on the job, or directly related to the job.

The fact(s) in support of the above reasons(s) are:

                                                                                                                _________________________________________________
                                                                                                                 Signature of Supervisor making suspension

Some ended up accepting time served during their suspensions, others were terminated and had to fight in the courts to get their jobs back.  One went over a year without a Departmental Hearing even though the charges had been dropped.

Had Shaniqua been treated equally, she would have been immediately suspended on November 30, 2014 until December 18, 2014 when the charges against her were dismissed. She would have more than likely received two sets of charges, one for the domestic and a second set to explain how she is well enough to collect OJI while having a physical altercation with someone.  (Insurance Fraud).

As to why nothing is being done about it, we are hoping that someone in authority over the Director will step in and call for civil service testing so that they can find someone qualified with integrity who is ethically responsible to head the jail.

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EdPDLaw Editorial
December 2, 2014

See Call for Service

Listen to 911 Call

DEPUTY DIRECTOR'S DAUGHTER, RECRUIT SHANIQUA NALLS ARRESTED
 

    EdPDlaw has been able to confirm with the court that Shaniqua Nalls was arrested on a Warrant for Simple Assault, 2C:12-1(a) on November 30, 2014, for punching a woman in the face with a closed fist causing injury to her face and requiring a trip to the hospital.  A TRO (Temporary Restraining Order) was obtained by the victim. 

    The Warrant and TRO were issued by Municipal Court Judge Mark Curtis and Nalls was transported to Hudson County jail in lieu of bail.

    However, once at the jail, Nalls was released on her own recognizance (ROR) by Superior Court Judge Martha T. Royster.  This means that someone contacted Judge Royster around midnight Sunday evening on Nalls' behalf after bail had already been set by another Judge.  I am curious as to whether Judge Royster knew that bail had been set by Judge Curtis as she would have just referred the caller back to Judge Curtis who was familiar with the case.  

    I am also curious as to who placed the call in the first place.  Clearly it is against Policy for an officer to contact a Judge on a prisoner's behalf.  Add to that after bail has been set, a different Judge than the one who set bail and for the purpose of having the bail reduced. (Undue Familiarity) (Certainly a family member cannot reach out to a Judge on their child's behalf). 

    As we reported earlier Shaniqua is allegedly a Corrections candidate (she was #46 on the previous list) who did not complete the Academy because of an injury.  Instead of being terminated and removed from the list like other candidates before her, she was place out on OJI (On the Job Injury).  However, she reported to Jersey City that she is a civilian employee and not a correction officer.  Moreover, the current list (the one after the one she was hired from) has been suspended)?  It appears they may be getting ready to pull a "Ricky" or an "Eady" - just name your title and its your.

    More concerning is the continued appearance that she is receiving special treatment as someone clearly intervened on her behalf to have her bail reduced to ROR.  If a phone call was placed on her behalf by her mother, Deputy Director Nalls, or her step-father, Sgt. Eriberto Castillo, it is a clear abuse of power and official misconduct.  It's not like they cannot afford to post her bail with all the overtime monies coming into the household.  

    I wonder if both Judges know what occurred?

    Shaniqua was picked up in front of the jail by her mother, Deputy Director Nalls.  Her current status with the Department is unknown.

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EdPDLaw Editorial

October 29, 2014
 

NALLS-CASTILLO-NALLS (TEAM NEPOTISM +1) WELCOMES A NEW RECRUIT

        Deputy Director Nalls-Castillo's daughter, Shaniqua Nalls was hired on May 27, 2014 as a corrections officer recruit and later sent to the Police Academy.  Prior to going to the Academy, she was permitted to work overtime ahead of the regular trained officers in violation of their Collective Bargaining Agreement and prior to receiving training creating a safety/liability issue for herself, other officers, inmates and civilians.  Rumor has it she was injured at the Academy and sent back unable to complete the training.  She is currently out on OJI (On the Job Injury) and still collecting a pay check.  She also has Sunday/Mondays off. Click to see her time.

        This raises all sorts of questions, the first being, who conducted her background check?  What number was she on the list?  A look at Eriberto's overtime indicates that he had his hands in at least the fingerprinting of the new candidates and he has an awful lot of unexplained entries.  He is a busy man, especially given that he is on-call 24/7 for the Prosecutor's Office.

        The 2nd question is how did she get OJI?  Another recruit, Migdalia Maldonado broke her leg at the Academy, was sent home and brought up on disciplinary charges for being unfit for duty.  She ended up accepting a Settlement Agreement that put her out on unpaid leave. Click here to view Settlement Agreement.

        Is anyone overseeing the Corrections Department?  Who makes these decisions? Lou Rosen or Howard Moore?  Or does Nalls-Castillo just do whatever she wants?  There is a rumor that she had a little episode last week which was overheard by everyone.  Her rambling something about "her man" being the best and only man qualified to do everything and threatening to sue the jail if he does not continue to get overtime.  Really?  

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EdPDLaw Editorial

October 18, 2014
 

THE NUMBERS ARE IN - HUDSON COUNTY PAYS FOR PERSONAL ATTORNEYS FOR BOTH DIRECTOR OSCAR AVILES AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR TISH NALLS-CASTILLO TO DEFEND PRIN'S SUIT

The Icing on the Cake!

After spending all that money on the JEMP Program, Training and Overtime, the County announced they are going to move their juveniles to Union County!
  

EdPDLaw Editorial
October 4, 2014

As Ricardo Aviles Retires, the practice of Nepotism is alive and well as "Deputy Director" Nalls-Castillo and her husband Sgt. Eriberto Castillo rake in the Over Time

    As Sgt. Ricardo Aviles quietly retired on October 1, 2014, you would think that Hudson County has learned the pitfalls of nepotism. The Union has been pushing since 2010 to have a policy instituted.  In typical Hudson County fashion, the Union's efforts fell on deaf ears.  The County is in the midst of litigation because of the nepotism between the Director and his cousin which has falsely empowered Sgt. Ricardo Aviles to cross the line on multiple occasions.

    One would hope that with Aviles' retirement, the problem would be resolved.  In March 2014 the County promoted Tish Nalls-Castillo to the position of Deputy Director, a position vacated by the arrest of Kirk Eady.  This action was taken without testing and despite her less than impressive track record.  Deputy Director Nalls-Castillo is married to Eriberto Castillo, a recently promoted, junior sergeant who has been assigned to the Prosecutor's Office, presumably to alleviate the appearance of impropriety.  

    Eriberto Castillo was hired as a corrections officer on August 8, 1994.   In 2011, while a corrections officer, he worked the 6-2 shift and his Unit Manager was Lt. Tish Nalls.  In 2011, Castillo had 988.72 hours of overtime, which was approved by his Unit Manager, Tish Nalls.  That amounted to $59,936.36 of overtime in a single year.  This combined with his annual salary of $84,061 means he made $143,997.36.  That combined with his then girlfriend's salary of $102,280 brings the income to the Nalls-Castillo household to $246,277.36.

    On January 4, 2013, Castillo was promoted to Sergeant.  Even though he was a junior Sergeant, he was given weekends off over all the senior Sergeants.  This action was approved by Lt. Michael Conrad, the Superior Officer's PBA President (check out his overtime below). 

    In January 2014, Deputy Director Kirk Eady was arrested.  In March of 2014 Captain Tish Nalls-Castillo was promoted to Deputy Director and her husband, Eriberto Castillo was assigned to the Prosecutor's Office.  Despite being assigned to the Prosecutor's Office, Eriberto Castillo has been working overtime at the jail.  Specifically, in 2014 he has accumulated 193.37 hours.  In 2013, he had 474.53 hours of overtime.

        Most of the overtime he has accumulated has been working in Work Release on the JEMP Program (Juvenile Electronic Monitoring Program).   How exactly did Castillo get to work overtime in Work Release?  Did they post an opening that no-one is aware of?  Does anyone else get to work OT in Work Release?

  • On July 4, 2014, Eriberto worked 2 overtime assignments and accumulated 14 hours of overtime on a Holiday.  Holiday pay is double time, plus he gets time and a half for overtime.  That means that for 8 hours on July 4, 2014, Eriberto Castillo earned TRIPLE TIME AND A HALF!   click to view July 4th Overtime for Castillo
  • Despite being assigned to the Prosecutor's Office with Officer Samuel Felix, Felix had NO OVERTIME in 2013 and only 24 hours in 2014.  click to view 2014 Overtime for Felix

        In fact, we took a look at the overtime being generated by the Work Release Program and found that there was approximately 1,500 hours generated so far in 2014 and 2,100 hours in 2013.  I don't know how many inmates or juveniles they are tasked with watching, but I'll bet it is under 10.  A look at the reasons given for the overtime listed a substantial amount of "troubleshooting".  I don't know what problems they are having with the equipment, but it may be prudent to place a service call instead of paying thousands of hours in overtime.

 

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