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EdPDLaw Editorial
March 5, 2017

POLAR BEAR PLUNGE UPDATED
 

We have looked further into the matter and found the Team Page for PBA #109 which lists the team members.  C/O Benny Quiros is listed as a member and in fact put up the page.  As stated earlier, he is listed "On Loan" for the day of the plunge.

The 12 Team Members of PBA 109 are:

  • Benny Quiros -  $100
  • Derrick James - $100
  • Rafeal Rivera  - $125
  • Jackie Hartzog - $125
  • Michael Arrigo - $100
  • Bennie Lisojo -  $100
  • Luis Arguilara -  $100
  • Brandon Holmes - $100
  • Chad Manzo -  $100
  • Jay Straub  -  $ 100
  • Richard Cholewa - $100
  • PBA 109 -  $ 25

View Donations page.

View Team Page.

It appears that Holmes and LoSojo took off vacation days.  PBA 109 could only raise $25 for the Special Olympics?  Did anyone ask any of the over 400 members for a donation?

Brandon Holmes, Esquire posted the following:


After consulting with my attorney no one absolutely no one can steal,copy,screen shot,and/or recieve photos,videos or ect.... Of anyones private page even if you are friends or not friends with a person of the other person your photos,videos,or ect... Was taken this is a violation of the person rights especially to placed on another website with out that the owners permission and also to use those photos,videos or ect that are private that the complainant use to try to connect someone to an alleged crime that there is no actually fact is denouncing the characters person which is a violation and subject to penalty yes i stick to my gut....im not playing ive been through to much...its gonna cease.
 

Don't lose your day job Brandon, no attorney told you that.  I am well aware of what you have been through because I am the one you turned to for help.

Officers all over the country are losing their jobs or being disciplined for their social media posts.  I warned everyone about this in June 2015 in my article about Facebook.  Click here to read article.

Stop bull sh*ting your members and feeding them misinformation.


EdPDLaw Editorial
March 2, 2017

HOW TO STEAL FROM THE COUNTY AND GET AWAY WITH IT
COMPLIMENTS OF WORK RELEASE CONTINUED

GO TO THE POLAR BEAR PLUNGE ON FEBRUARY 25, 2015
PUT IN AN OVERTIME SLIP FOR 6 HOURS
AND POST IT ON FACEBOOK

 

You cannot make this stuff up!  Your Union Board who refuses to lift one finger to help you is out at the Polar Bear Plunge in Point Pleasant on February 25, 2017.  Is this what you want from your Union?  Do you think maybe they should sit down with the Union Attorney and file an Unfair Labor Practice on your behalf?

And as if this is not bad enough, C/O Cholewa posts his picture on Facebook on February 25, 2017 at 9:40 a.m. stating he was on his way to the plunge.  HE ALSO PUT IN AN OVERTIME SLIP FOR 6 HOURS on the same date, February 25, 2017 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. That is 6 hours @ 62.99 = $377.94, the tax payers paid this clown to take his kid to the Polar Bear Plunge.

Plunge

And he was not the only one in attendance, it is believed that other Executive Board Members attended as well.  Although at the moment Cholewa was the only one who we can confirm put in to be paid for it.   Someone in Authority OVER the jail, since clearly no-one is running it and this group just does as it pleases, should check each Executive Board Member's time for February 25, 2017 and figure out who got paid and WHY?  This is a charity event for the Special Olympics put on by the State PBA - PBA 109 is DISGUSTING! 

Holmes and LiSojo

   

If the taxpayers did not pay for the Executive Board Members to be there, there is a good chance the membershi[p paid them.  In other words, these guys wrote themselves a check from your account to attend. 

Who is going to hold this group accountable?  Director Taylor?  Useless.  Deputy Dog Edwards (Taylor's Babysitter)?  Useless.  Who is left?  

I'm counting 3 T-shirts at $100 a piece.  Who paid for them?  The taxpayers or the Union?

Click to view event coverage here.

The annual event raises money for the New Jersey Special Olympics and organizers say they expect to raise more than $1.7 million dollars.

Click here to read coverage.


EdPDLaw Editorial
February 3, 2017

UPDATE ON INVESTIGATION
AN ABUNDANCE OF DISCREPANCIES IN WORK RELEASE OVERTIME
 

EdPDlaw continues to exam the overtime from Work Release and has found more questionable activity.  In any given month there are numerous OT events that defy logic and finding discrepancies is like shooting fish in a barrel.

The overtime slips themselves are deficient, in some cases there are no dates on the slips and on other occasions there are no slips at all.  So who is entering the overtime into COSS if there are no overtime slips submitted?  Are they entering it themselves?  Remember Quiros has administrative privileges in COSS.

NO DATES

As an example, I found 3 overtime slips for Cholewa totaling 24 hours with no dates on them.  Despite the fact that there were no dates on them, they were approved by a supervisor. Click here to view the slips.

NO SUPERVISOR SIGNATURE

As an example, view Cholewa's slip for assigning lockers which was never approved but found its way into COSS. Click here to view slip.

NO SLIPS

On Sunday, April 17, 2016 the following overtime was paid to the group:

 
17
 C/O   HRS   RATE   TOTAL 
CA  2 79.75  $              159.50
CA 8 79.75  $              638.00
AG 4 42.68  $              170.72
FR 4 62.34  $              249.36
FR  4 62.34  $              249.36
QU 2 62.99  $              125.98
QU  8 62.99  $              503.92
RO  2 62.85  $              125.70
RO  8 62.85  $              502.80
42  $          2,725.34

  • On Sunday, April 17, 2016, 5 officers generated 42 hours of overtime for a total of $2,725.34.
  • Although Castillo was paid for 10 hours of overtime on this date, he only submitted one slip for 2 hours. How did he get another 8 hours of pay on this date?  
  • Roque only submitted one slip for 8 hours, how did he receive an additional 2 hours pay on this date? 
  • Frye submitted 2 slips totaling 8 hours for "Work Release Monitoring" even though 3 other officers including a supervisor were present. 
  • Agosto submitted a slip for 4 hours for "Jemp Weekend Coverage".

ON-LOAN OFFICERS

A look at the OT Daily Activity Slips and Weekly Work Sheets from the Prosecutor's Office indicates that Castillo was working 10 am - 6 pm with weekends off, he returned to the jail in mid August.  

CASTILLO

On Monday, June 6, 2016 the following overtime was paid to Castillo:

6
C/O HRS RATE TOTAL
CA  4 79.75 $319.00
CA  4 79.75 $319.00
CH  4 62.99 $251.96
HA  6 62.85 $377.10
ME 4.5 36.58 $164.61
22.5 $1,431.67

  • On Monday, June 6, 2016, Castillo was working at the Prosecutor's Office, presumably his regular tour of 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  He also submitted 2 overtime slips for the same date. 
  • The first slip for 4 hours was for the 6:00 am - 2:00 pm shift.  This would be believable had he worked in the jail from 6:00 am to 10:00 am, then stepped in his transporter and beamed to the Prosecutor's Office for a 10:00 am report time.  
  • However, he also submitted a 2nd slip for 4 hours on the 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm shift.  There is a notation on the overtime slip that he worked from 12:15 pm - 4:15 pm.

Anyway you slice it something is wrong.  

12:15 pm to 2:00 pm is part of the 6-2 shift and the 2:00 pm to 4:15 pm is part of the 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm shift.  

So, instead of submitting 2 slips for 2 hours each, he submitted 2 slips for 4 hours each, all covering the time he was suppose to be on duty at the Prosecutor's Office.  View slips.

Best case scenario he owes the taxpayers 4 hours of overtime. Worse case scenario he owes the taxpayers 8 hours of straight time and 4 hours of overtime.

QUIROS

Quiros was working from 5:00 pm - 1:00 am with Sunday and Mondays off at the Prosecutor's Office.

On Thursday, August 11, 2016 the following overtime was paid to Quiros:

11
 C/O   HRS   RATE  TOTAL
CA 4 79.75 $319.00
IN 4.5 62.85 $282.83
SI  4.5 49.66 $223.47
QU 6 62.99 $377.94
QU 6 62.99 $377.94
       
  25   $1,581.18

  • On Thursday, August 11, 2016, Quiros worked his regular shift from 5:00 pm to 1:00 am at the Prosecutor's Office.  
  • He also submitted a slip for 2 hours of overtime from 1:00 am to 3:00 am. 
  • On the same date he also submitted 2 overtime slips for working 12 hours at the jail. 
  • The first slip was for 6 hours on the 6 am - 2:00 pm shift and the second slip was for 6 hours on the 2 pm - 10 pm shift.  

Even if he worked 6 hours starting at 2:00 pm, that means he worked to 8:00 pm, overlapping his start time at the Prosecutor's Office by exactly 3 hours before beaming to the Prosecutor's Office with Castillo's Transporter.  He then worked until 3:00 am.

On Friday, August 12, 2016, he worked another 9 hours overtime which consisted of 5 hours on the 6 am - 2 pm shift and 4 hours on the 2 pm to 10 pm shift.  

He also worked his regular shift at the Prosecutor's Office which allegedly started at 5:00 pm.

This superhero worked 22 hours on August 11, 2016 followed by 17 hours on August 12, 2016, and another 7 hours on Saturday, August 13, 2016.

View Quiros Slips.

PBA STILL SILENT

 Captain Dembowski stated that any slips that are not accounted for must be lost ?


EdPDLaw Editorial
January 16, 2016

NO WORD FROM PBA PRESIDENT EDPDLAW OFFERS POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS
 

Best Wishes for a Speedy Recovery to Retired Officer Robert Ortiz!

Otiz was shot in the shoulder while working security at the Tremont Lounge early Saturday morning.  His injury was not life threatening.  C/O Ortiz served as the State Delegate of PBA 109 and was always active in the Union.

Click here to read the story.

 
 

Although PBA President James does not appear to care about the overtime issues and solutions.  Click here to view request for comment to James. EdPDLaw is offering some possible solutions to resolve the nepotism, cronism and favoritism that has plagued the jail for at least the last 6 years and led to a steep decline in officer moral. When I was a police officer we faced the same problems.  Officers were getting too close, the Chief of Police had 2 sons who were also officers and assignments were going to the same group of cronies.

My husband was the President of the PBA.  These were the changes that were made:

ROTATING SHIFTS:  

When I was first hired we were on a 3 week rotation.  We had 3 shifts and we rotated every week and had different days off.  It was brutal.  Thereafter we went to steady shifts, rotating days off which worked much better.  We found that this arrangement worked the best for the officers on the midnight shift.  However the 1st and 2nd shift were not happy because the 2nd shift was the busiest shift and the day shift had to deal with the Administration. We ended up  rotating between the 1st and 2nd shifts, adding a power shift to overlap between the 2nd and 3rd shift to cut back on overtime.  We kept the midnight shift their was no shortage of officers wanting to work that shift.

We did not have posts, but we did have Sectors and we were rotated through the sectors.  Hudson County could rotate Units and Posts.

POSTING ALL OPENINGS:  

All openings were posted.  Assignments to the Detective Bureau and County Narcotics Task Force.  Opening for K-9's, Dare Officer, and Community Policing Unit (bicycle).  All schools were posted.  If the Department was only going to pay for 4 slots, additional slots were made available which the officers could pay for themselves.  (If they did not have the monies up front they could have it deducted from their paycheck.)  Each officer by Contract could attend 2 non-mandatory training classes each year.

FAIR SCORING TO DETERMINE WHICH OFFICERS GET WHICH POST:

A score card was  created for each openings and used by the supervisors to qualify each candidate. There were at least 3 supervisors polled for each candidate. The Score Card consisted of general questions that would apply to all officers.  The stunt Hudson County pulled, sending the officers to training prior to posting an opening would have no impact on the scores.  Click here to view a SAMPLE SCORE CARD.

ROTATING THROUGH THE DETECTIVE BUREAU AND NARCOTICS TASK FORCE:

Assignments to the Detective Bureau, the County Narcotics Task Force, Dare Officer and Community Policing were only for 1 year.  This gave every officer the opportunity to work in these assignments.  Officers that were previously assigned to these Units were not permitted to work there again unless there was no other interest in the position.  They could apply to a different Unit.  (Work as a Detective for a year then apply for Community Policing).

These simple steps were easy to implement and greatly improved the moral of the Department.  This also produced a stronger, well rounded Department. In the case of Hudson County, the groups need to be separated.  It seems that they could rotate through Units and post assignments.  Rotating days off could be considered. Rotating through Units and posts will make it fair to everyone.  Whether the rotation is monthly or every 3 months.  The problem with overtime assignments should resolve themselves as there will be different officers working operations.  

The operations officer has to be accountable to the Union Board to assure they are using the overtime list.  

The Union Board also has to be accountable to their Union Members and realize that the Board is not the Union.  The Union has 400 members.

The idea behind these suggestions is not only to make things fair for every officer and increase moral, but to create a stronger and more diverse work force where every officer is eventually qualified to work all posts and assignments. These are just suggestions that have proven to increase fairness and moral.


EdPDLaw Editorial
January 9, 2016

 CONCERNED UNION MEMBERS OF PBA 109 DEMAND ACTION FROM PBA PRESIDENT 

Open Letter to President James fron Concerned Members

 

EdPDLaw received a copy of the "Open Letter" addressed to PBA President Derrick James from Concerned Members of the Union.   The letter addresses the members frustration over the previous stories on the overtime received by Work Release, JEMP, OPS & on-loan officers from the Prosecutor's Office.  It also expresses frustration over the assignments to the ReEntry Program and the training supplied to officers of these groups.  The PBA President of the Superior Officers has stated that Deputy Director Edwards promised to send all supervisors to these classes?  I would not hold my breath on that and at the very least get it in writing, but President Nieves has decided instead to take Edwards at his word?  That was before the assignments to the ReEntry Program.  Need I say more?

 
President James:

We are writing this letter to ask you what our Union is doing on behalf of the entire Membership in addressing the problems of advancement; assignment to specialty units; and overtime at the jail . All the opportunities are being assigned to a select group of officers and not being offered to anyone else. It has come to our members’ attention that a small select group uses these positions to work a large amount of overtime and receive special privileges, like training and assignments.
 

It is a sad state of affairs when the PBA President is taking an administrator "at his word" over issues as serious as career advancement.  Be aware that the officers assigned to these groups are making in the area of 50% more than their base salary, and nearly 100% more in the case of Castillo and Wilkins.  

Just as sad, in the case of President James, he is not addressing these issues and not informing his members of his intentions.  Giving toys to impoverished children at Christmas time is admirable and this article is not meant to detract from the good the Union is doing for the community, but why are you not helping your membership in this critical time?  That is the true function of the Union, to enforce the Contract, protect your membership, and assure that everyone is given an equal opportunity to compete.

Whats up with the "concerned members"?  Has the Union intimidated thier own membership?  Are Union members afraid of retaliation from their own President?  Something is very wrong here.  I contacted President James and asked him to comment on this letter.  I never heard back from him.  

The only thing that protects your membership now is that they are Civil Service.  If they were not protected by Civil Service they would have no recourse when they are brought up on disciplinary charges.  They are all aware that the Department Hearing is a joke.

Holding a Civil Service Title protects them in assignments as well and is in place to prevent what is currently happening in Work Release, ReEntry, JEMP, OPS & with the on-loan officers to the Prosecutor's Office.

4A:4-2.3 Open Competitive Examinations

(a) Vacancies shall be filled by promotional examination unless the Commissioner determines that it is in the best interest of the career service to hold an open competitive examination.

The determination to announce an open competitive examination shall be based on at least one of the following conditions:

1. The vacancy is in an entrance level title;

2. There are fewer than three qualified permanent employees in appropriate lower titles in the unit scope (See N.J.A.C. 4A:1-1.3 for definition of unit scope);

3. If more than one vacancy, the total number of qualified permanent employees in appropriate lower titles in the unit scope exceed by fewer than three the total number of vacancies;

4. A list resulting from a promotional examination will be exhausted before all present or anticipated vacancies are filled; or

5. The title requires special, technical or professional training or qualifications which are not required in lower titles.

RE-ENTRY

The vacancy is entry level as there has never been any officer assigned to the Re-Entry Program.  There are less than 3 people in the position because there has never been a position. And, the title requires special, technical or professional training or qualifications.  Everyone is aware of the training required because the County sent officers to 2 training classes and never solicited for officers interested in the position.

If the County does not want to fill by competitive exam, they are still in violation of the PBA Contract by not soliciting letters of interest for the positions.

JEMP

We have also researched the JEMP (Juvenile Electronic Monitoring Program) and found that the program is usually run by the Juvenile Detention Centers or the Probation Departments.  Why is Hudson County staffing JEMP with corrections officers instead of all the displaced JDO's that they now have in the Mains at the jail?  

The Civil Service Title of Juvenile Officer includes the duties encompassed by JEMP.  View Juvenile Officer CSC Title.

The Civil Service Title of Parole Officer also encompasses the same duties.  View Parole Officer CSC Title.

WORK RELEASE

Did you know there is a title for the supervisor of Work Release?  It is called Work Release Administrator and none of the qualifications are "married to the Captain, Deputy Director or Director of Corrections" or "generates copious amounts of overtime for bullshit".  View the Administrator of Work Release CSC Title

 INTERNAL AFFAIRS

There is also a Civil Service title for Internal Affairs.  It Is Investigator Secured Facilities and there is only one officer in Hudson County that holds that title, Investigator McMillan.  View Investigator Secured Facilities CSC Title.  There is only one officer in Internal Affairs for over 500 employees.  A Civil Service Test was given when former Director Aviles was trying to get cousin, Sgt. Ricardo Aviles into the correct title.  That list has since expired with C/O Renee Felix passing in the top position.  View CSC List here,

It appears that the PBA membership wants action taken on their behalf.  If the President refuses to act on their behalf, I guess their next step would be to ask for the State to step in AGAIN.  The last time the State had to step in and take the checkbook away from them.

 
Additionally, our union should demand that all special training be assigned on an equal and fair basis to all interested members. Why are you not questioning, for example, the recent investigative training given to personnel assigned to Work Release? The department will use this special training as a subterfuge to later claim that those already assigned meet some predetermined and required qualifications. These positions should have been posted; qualified applicants identified; and a valid selection process undertaken. They should have been sent to training AFTER the selection process was complete.
 

Overtime is assigned by operations.  Someone is operations had to be assigning C/O Quiros to overtime.  Who is doing that?  It has to be a member of PBA 109.  How is a member of PBA 109 skipping the overtime list and consistently assigning overtime to the same officers?  That officer should be removed from operations and the Union.  If needed, operations officers should be trained in how to assign overtime.

View Quiros OT Slips for September.

View Wilkins OT Slips for September.

View September OT.

 
Why can’t all members be permitted to work in operations? Which one of our brother or sister members in Operations is calling the same officer and assigning him to work overtime in Operation on weekends? And why? Isn’t he on call for the Prosecutor. We thought we were in charge of assigning overtime.
 

EdPDLaw will continue to assist the membership in its efforts to resolve these issues.

EdPDLaw Editorial
December 31, 2016

HOW TO STEAL FROM THE COUNTY AND GET AWAY WITH IT
COMPLIMENTS OF WORK RELEASE

 

We continue to look at the information supplied to us by the County and uncover different ways that the officers assigned to Work Release, JEMP, OPS & those on-loan to the Prosecutor's office use to self generate unnecessary, wasteful and fraudulent overtime.  

This article will detail several ways to scam the taxpayer out of monies, all approved by the County.

HOW TO MAKE 3 1/2 TIMES YOUR SALARY ON HOLIDAYS
 

One of our favorites is the use of Holidays to triple your income in 8 hours.  That would be 3 1/2 times pay to be exact.  Using the average officers pay, the base hourly salary is approximately $42.00 that amounts to $1,176.00 for one 8 hour Holiday.

Here is how it works.  Using the above figures, you take a vacation day on the Holiday, that is worth $336.00.  You then get paid for the Holiday by Contract at straight time, another $336.00, then you work 8 hours on the Holiday at time and a half, for a total of $504.00. 

All totaled, you earned:

Holiday Pay (straight time)     - $336.00

Vacation Pay (straight time)   - $336.00

Overtime Pay (time and 1/2)  - $504.00

Grand Total for 8 hours =       $1,176.00

Of course for this to work you need to have a supervisor who is willing to cooperate with this.  On Thanksgiving, the following officers used vacation time instead of a Holiday:  

Sgt. E. Castillo

C/O Bradford

C/O Farley

C/O Cholewa

C/O Wilkins

C/O Frye used a Personal Day

All of those officers were paid twice for the same 8 hours.  C/O Quiros also worked OT on Thanksgiving.  We cannot confirm if he used a vacation day as well but we have confirmed that he was given off, as a Holiday, by the Prosecutor for both November 24  & 25th.  C/O Quiros did not work on November 25th, but was paid by the County for 8 hours.

C/O Roque was also given off November 25, the day after Thanksgiving, which I am told is no longer considered a Holiday under the Contract,  I have not been able to verify this as of the time of this story.  C/O Roque put in a slip for 4 hours of overtime at time and a half.  He did not work a regular shift on November 25th but was paid for 8 hours of straight time, then an additional 4 hours at time and a half.

Did I mention that the supervisors have to approve this?  It appears that Sgt. Castillo's signature appears on his OT slip.  View Roque's OT slip.

The following members of Work Release took vacations days on the 25th:

Sgt. Castillo

C/O Farley

C/O Wilkins

C/O Bradford

C/O Frye used a Personal Day

We assume that Castillo approved the vacation day for the officers, we do not know who approved his vacation day.

PUTTING IN AN OVERTIME SLIP FOR 4 - 6 HOURS ON EACH WEEKEND DAY FOR BEING "ON CALL" "MONITORING" OR "COVERAGE" IN WORK RELEASE AND JEMP

The use of being "on-call" over the weekends generated a large amount of overtime when the supervisors could simply adjust the officers schedule for weekend coverage.  Looking at C/O Fryes OT slips, he was paid $7,979.52 to be on call over the weekends for the Work Release Program.  He initially was receiving 4 hours a day, but this was increased to 6 hours a day in September.  Click here to view his OT slips.

C/O Mercier also participated in this scam and received $1,682.68 for being "on call".  Click here to view his OT slips.

PUTTING IN AN OVERTIME SLIP BEING ON-CALL AND A 2ND SLIP FOR A VIOLATION

We came across numerous on call slips and then slips for "violations".  As an example on February 21, 2016 C/O Farley put in a slip for 5 hours of overtime equal to $313.50 for a violation followed by a second slip for 4 hours or $250.80 for being on-call for the same day.  I guess you can't be on-call and handle a violation simultaneously?  Can you grocery shop or watch TV and be on call at the same time?  I'm confused.  Click here to view slips.

GET PAID TO BE ON-CALL WHEN NEARLY YOUR ENTIRE DEPARTMENT, INCLUDING YOUR SUPERVISOR, IS WORKING ON YOUR ON-CALL DAY

Using Saturday, August 13, 2016 as an example, 5 officers, including 1 supervisor, were  working overtime on that date allegedly running background checks.  C/O Merceir put in 2 overtime slips for that date.  One for 2 hours running background checks and a 2nd one for his Work Release "coverage".  Both slips list 6-2 as the shift he worked. He had to know that everyone was working that day as he was allegedly running background checks with them.  Click here to view his OT slips.

C/O Agosto did the same thing.  He submitted an overtime slip for 4 hours of JEMP "coverage".  Click here to view Agosto's overtime slip,

13
C/O HRS RATE TOTAL
CA  6 79.75 $478.50
CA 1 79.75 $79.75
CH  6 62.99 $377.94
CH  1 62.99 $62.99
AG 4 42.68 $170.72
IN 1 62.85 $62.85
IN 6 62.85 $377.10
SI  1 49.66 $49.66
SI 6 49.66 $297.96
QU 1 62.99 $62.99
QU 6 62.99 $377.94
ME 2 36.58 $73.16
ME 4 36.58 $146.32
TOTAL  45 $2,617.88

    Work Release, JEMP, OPS & the on-loan officers have generated over $400,000 in overtime in 11 months.  Nearly half of that overtime was on the weekends.  

Click here to view the totals for 2016 up until December 1, 2016.

CREATE YOUR OWN REASONS TO WORK OVERTIME, INCLUDING BACKGROUND CHECKS, LOCKER ASSIGNMENTS, URINALYSIS, NEW CLIENT INTAKES, HOLIDAY SCHEDULING, AND MORE

When in doubt, create your own reason to work overtime.  Of course, this will also require the cooperation of your supervisor, but when he is also receiving overtime it is pretty easy. Instead of doing your work during your normal 8 hour tour, save it until after your tour is over.  This guarantees you that fat paycheck.  This group has run enough background checks to cover the entire County.  Only to end up with 5 new hires.  

I'm sure everyone knows that assigning lockers is a top priority that can only be done after hours.  That Holiday Schedule is also a top overtime priority because, the clowns that are benefiting from the Holiday scam are the ones making the schedules.  Click here to view the Holiday Scheduling done by the one and only C/O Quiros who earned 20 hours in overtime to get that right or $1,257.00.  Isn't that an Administrator's responsibility?  Quiros earned nearly $55,000 in overtime this year.

Assigning lockers is also an important OT Detail.

Click here to view the August Calendar which was very lucrative for this group.

There is no justification for any of this, this is mismanagement, waste, fraud and stealing sanctioned by Hudson County and rewarded with additional training and assignments to new posts in violation of the Contracts. 

This article has not covered the Contract Violations such as not posting, training, working operations and assigning overtime.  


EdPDLaw Editorial
July 9, 2015

Warming Center/Over Time Problems

Does Anyone Recognize This Signature!

 

As a follow up to the Castillo case, EdPDLaw has obtained copies of the Log In Book for the Over Time at the Warming Center. We have also obtained the COSS for the Over Time and the "Off Duty Overtime Verification Sheets".  There are so many inconsistencies with this information that it took many man hours and patience to figure out what exactly was happening here.

Apparently, there are 4 officers that gobbled up most of the overtime for this assignment, Castillo, Conrad, Neives & Murrell.   The Over Time slips are definitely suspect with just about anyone signing them.

While we are on the topic of the Sign In Log Book for the Warming Center lets look at a few entries because there definitely is a pattern and the pattern is that the same person is signing multiple officers into the Log Book.  I'm pretty sure we had this same problem before which predates EdPDLaw.

Conrad, as the SOA President, was responsible to make sure the Over Time assignment as it pertains to this detail was distributed equally among the SOA's. Unfortunately, he helped himself to most of the Over Time, unless trumped by Castillo, Nieves or Murrell.

So lets take a look at our 2015 Totals.

The following totals were gathered from paychecks, COSS and Off Duty Verification Forms that were received from the County as a result of OPRA requests. The time frame being examined is from 1/1/2015 until 6/12/15, some records include a few days at the end of December because of the way the pay cycles run.  The first paycheck in January runs from 12/26/14 through 1/9/15.  Click on the Officer's total income to view the actual paychecks or on the Overtime to View the Coss.  Castillo's COSS Totals are from September through this years, but his paychecks are for just this year.

TOTALS YEAR TO DATE

12/26/14-6/12/15  TABLE DOES NOT INCLUDE: LONGEVITY; STIPENDS; EDUCATIONAL CREDITS; RETRO PAY OR STRAIGHT OVERTIME
OFFICER CONRAD MURRELL NIEVES CASTILLO
BASE SALARY  - REGULAR PAY 12/26/14 - 6/12/15 $55,516.84 $52,873.39 $52,873.39 $52,873.39
OVERTIME - COSS $18,533.52 $13,831.68 $30,879.75 $30,880.00
OFF DUTY VERIFICATION FORM (WARMING CENTER) $13,800.00 $17,000.00 $11,800.00 $21,050.00
TOTAL INCOME AS OF 6/12/15 (DOES INCLUDE LONGEVITY, $88,611.40 $84,011.18 $96,458.77 $100,310.08
EDUCATIONAL CREDITS; RETRO PAY OR STRAIGHT OVERTIME)

Again, this is only for 6 months! Who is in charge of the Grant for the Homeless?  Who enters this time? The following totals were gathered from paychecks, COSS and Off Duty Verification Forms that were received from the County as a result of OPRA requests.  There is also a boat load of "JEMP" overtime, which according to the slips is a VOLUNTARY Program.  Castillo is making his own Over Time. The time frame being examined is from 1/1/2015 until 6/12/15, some records include a few days at the end of December because of the way the pay cycles run.  The first paycheck in January runs from 12/26/14 through 1/9/15. 

 

12/27-1/9 - BASE SALARY IS CALCULATED IN THIS TABLE AT "TOTAL" - OT & WARMING CENTER ARE BROKEN OUT
OFFICER ACTUAL PAY FROM PAY STUB TOTAL $$ AMOUNT OF OT & OD REC IN PAY OT COSS TOTAL
CONRAD 24 Over Time   On Call $1200. $3,105.34 48 $7,339.41
NEIVES 24 Over Time   On Call $1250. $3,468.76 32 $7,502.88
MURRELL 401.87 OT  - No Explanation       On Call $2550. $2,951.87 0 $6,970.61
CASTILLO 16 Over Time   On Call $2575. $4,620.90 60 $8,712.72

1/10-1/23 - BASE SALARY IS CALCULATED IN THIS TABLE AT "TOTAL" - OT & WARMING CENTER ARE BROKEN OUT
OFFICER ACTUAL PAY FROM PAY STUB TOTAL $$ AMOUNT OF OT & OD REC IN PAY OT COSS TOTAL
CONRAD 8 Over Time            24 Off Duty $1,847.71 8 $6,165.77
NEIVES 8 Over Time            41 Off Duty          $2,667.12 8 $6,781.23
MURRELL 0 Over Time           54 Off Duty $2,700.00 0 $6,798.73
CASTILLO 20 Over Time        75.5 Off Duty       $5,339.43 20 $9,511.24
1/24-2/6 - BASE SALARY IS CALCULATED IN THIS TABLE AT "TOTAL" - OT & WARMING CENTER ARE BROKEN OUT
OFFICER ACTUAL PAY FROM PAY STUB TOTAL $$ AMOUNT OF OT & OD REC IN PAY OT COSS TOTAL
CONRAD 8 Over Time                56 Off Duty $3,460.31 8 $7,837.16
NEIVES 43.5 Over Time          34 Off Duty       $5,091.57 43.5 $9,261.67
MURRELL 16 Over Time              44 Off Duty $3,429.62 16 $7,584.34
CASTILLO 12 Over Time                72 Off Duty $4,550.66 12 $8,778.46
2/6-2/20 - BASE SALARY IS CALCULATED IN THIS TABLE AT "TOTAL" - OT & WARMING CENTER ARE BROKEN OUT
OFFICER ACTUAL PAY FROM PAY STUB TOTAL $$ AMOUNT OF OT & OD REC IN PAY OT COSS TOTAL
CONRAD 24 Over Time             32 Off Duty $2,543.14 24 $7,861.20
NEIVES 13 Over Time             44 Off Duty          $3,202.81 13 $7,316.92
MURRELL 16 Over Time           48.5 Off Duty $3,654.62 16 $7,753.35
CASTILLO 12 Over Time             56 Off Duty $3,738.66 12 $9,138.01
2/21-3/6 - BASE SALARY IS CALCULATED IN THIS TABLE AT "TOTAL" - OT & WARMING CENTER ARE BROKEN OUT
OFFICER ACTUAL PAY FROM PAY STUB TOTAL $$ AMOUNT OF OT & OD REC IN PAY OT COSS TOTAL
CONRAD 8 Over Time             47 Off Duty $2,997.71 8 $8,215.77
NEIVES 32.5 Over Time       37 Off Duty    $4,357.04 32.5 $8,459.32
MURRELL 24 Over Time        30.5 Off Duty $3,369.43 24 $7,468.16
CASTILLO 16 Over Time              60 Off Duty $4,251.54 16 $8,423.35
3/7-3/20 -BASE SALARY IS CALCULATED IN THIS TABLE AT "TOTAL" - OT & WARMING CENTER ARE BROKEN OUT
OFFICER ACTUAL PAY FROM PAY STUB TOTAL $$ AMOUNT OF OT & OD REC IN PAY OT COSS TOTAL
CONRAD 15 Over Time          57 Off Duty $4,064.46 15 $8,382.52
NEIVES 16 Over Time            34 Off Duty $2,934.23 16 $7,048.34
MURRELL 0 Over Time           68 Off Duty $3,400.00 0 $7,498.73
CASTILLO 44.5 Over Time         60 Off Duty $6,480.85 44.5 $10,652.66
3/21-4/3 -BASE SALARY IS CALCULATED IN THIS TABLE AT "TOTAL" - OT & WARMING CENTER ARE BROKEN OUT
OFFICER ACTUAL PAY FROM PAY STUB TOTAL $$ AMOUNT OF OT & OD REC IN PAY OT COSS TOTAL
CONRAD 0 Over Time           36 Off Duty $1,800.00 0 $6,118.06
NEIVES 17 Over Time          21 Off Duty $2,361.37 17 $6,475.48
MURRELL 0 Over Time             44 Off Duty $2,200.00 0 $6,298.73
CASTILLO 40 Over Time           46 Off Duty $5,428.86 40 $9,600.67
4/4-4/17 - BASE SALARY IS CALCULATED IN THIS TABLE AT "TOTAL" - OT & WARMING CENTER ARE BROKEN OUT
OFFICER ACTUAL PAY FROM PAY STUB TOTAL $$ AMOUNT OF OT & OD REC IN PAY OT COSS TOTAL
CONRAD 0 Over Time                  0 Off Duty 0.00 0 $4,318.06
NEIVES 39.50 Over Time           0 Off Duty 3,047.01 39.5 $7,161.12
MURRELL 32 Over Time           0 Off Duty 2,459.24 32 $6,557.97
CASTILLO 24 Over Time 0 Off Duty 1,877.31 24 $6,049.12
4/4-4/17 - SEPARATE PAY CHECK - NO EXPLANATION GIVEN
OFFICER ACTUAL PAY FROM PAY STUB TOTAL $$ AMOUNT OF OT & OD REC IN PAY OT COSS TOTAL
CONRAD 24 Over Time         SEPARATE CHECK   $1,943.14 24 $1943.14
NEIVES 18 Over Time   SEPARATE CHECK   $1,388.51 18 $1,388.51
MURRELL 16 Over Time   SEPARATE CHECK   $1,229.62 16 $1,229.62
CASTILLO 8 Over Time   SEPARATE CHECK   $625.77 8 $625.77
4/18-5/1 - BASE SALARY IS CALCULATED IN THIS TABLE AT "TOTAL" - OT & WARMING CENTER ARE BROKEN OUT
OFFICER ACTUAL PAY FROM PAY STUB TOTAL $$ AMOUNT OF OT & OD REC IN PAY OT COSS TOTAL
CONRAD 8 Over Time   0 Off Duty $647.71 8 $4,965.77
NEIVES 8 Over Time  0 Off Duty $617.12 8 $4,731.23
MURRELL 0 Over Time    0 Off Duty $0.00 0 $4,098.73
CASTILLO 24 Over Time 0 Off Duty $1,877.31 24 $6,049.12
5/2-5/15 - BASE SALARY IS CALCULATED IN THIS TABLE AT "TOTAL" - OT & WARMING CENTER ARE BROKEN OUT
OFFICER ACTUAL PAY FROM PAY STUB TOTAL $$ AMOUNT OF OT & OD REC IN PAY OT COSS TOTAL
CONRAD 32 Over Time  0 Off Duty $647.71 8 $6,908.91
NEIVES 56 Over Time 0 Off Duty $4,319.82 56 $8,433.93
MURRELL 0 Over Time    0 Off Duty $0.00 0 $4,098.73
CASTILLO 16 Over Time 0 Off Duty $1,251.54 16 $5,423.35
5/16-5/29 - BASE SALARY IS CALCULATED IN THIS TABLE AT "TOTAL" - OT & WARMING CENTER ARE BROKEN OUT
OFFICER ACTUAL PAY FROM PAY STUB TOTAL $$ AMOUNT OF OT & OD REC IN PAY OT COSS TOTAL
CONRAD 8 Over Time   0 Off Duty $1,862.17 8 $4,965.77
NEIVES 8 Over Time  0 Off Duty $3,085.58 8 $7,199.69
MURRELL 8 Over Time    0 Off Duty $614.81 0 $4,713.54
CASTILLO 0 Over Time    0 Off Duty $0.00 0 $4,171.81
5/30-6/12 - BASE SALARY IS CALCULATED IN THIS TABLE AT "TOTAL" - OT & WARMING CENTER ARE BROKEN OUT
OFFICER ACTUAL PAY FROM PAY STUB TOTAL $$ AMOUNT OF OT & OD REC IN PAY OT COSS TOTAL
CONRAD 32 Over Time  0 Off Duty $2,590.85 8  $6,180.23
NEIVES 56 Over Time 0 Off Duty $617.12 56 $5,142.64
MURRELL 0 Over Time    0 Off Duty $0.00 0 $4,098.73
CASTILLO 0 Over Time 0 Off Duty $0.00  0  $4,171.81

I want to make it clear at this time that the responsibility for this rests with the 4 officers, the Deputy Director (Nalls-Castillo) (That's right its her husband that leads the pack in overtime), the Director Oscar Aviles,  and unfortunately the Freeholders that were duped by believing that cutting the overtime rate would resolve the problem.  Of course there is always the Legal Department whose concern is buying up real estate and paying over rated attorneys to defend law suits that they cannot possibly win.  (We are always working on that and will supply you with Helen Ford's updated attorney's fees very soon). Sadly, as this investigation progressed, one of the trusted support staff realized what was happening and refused to participate and ended up tendering her resignation stating that she would not be part of the blatant corruption in Hudson County.    

EdPDLaw wishes her the best in her future endeavors and salutes her for being true to herself and her morals. EdPDlaw has received numerous complaints from members of the SOA who need the overtime to care for their family and feel helpless in the face of this situation which is permitted to occur as no-one seems to be able to stand up to these people.  It's just weird that there is so much evidence and no Federal Agency has taken an interests.  

I have received complaints that Eriberto Castillo was entering his own time into COSS.  This correlates with my theory that there are a few forged documents out there.  Moreover, I suspect that COSS is set up to reject any overtime that is approved by a person with less seniority.  The first suspect document was signed by Lt. Edwards on May 10, 2015 while Edwards was on the Unity Tour.  Then there are documents that he signs on the weekends, but Edwards does not work on the weekends, so how can he verify that Castillo worked?

Let's get to the JEMP Program.  They have a Monitoring Center that has nothing to do with Castillo.  The Interim Deputy Director put out a directive that any calls that are received in reference to JEMP are to be directed to her husband.  She just VOLUNTARILY ORDERED the Department of Corrections to give her husband 72 hours of over time.  Click here to view Order posted in Operations.

The next issue is the residence of Eriberto Castillo, who resides with his wife in Jersey City.  However, his paychecks still list an address in Carteret.  One of the female officers just received a 20 day suspension for not reporting her change of address, while she was in the hospital. Those charges were signed by Interim Deputy Director Nalls-Castillo.  Click here to view Civil Service Decision.

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