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Mark Ubry Named Acting Acting Police Chief in Lawrence Township

Ubry was appointed to the position effective Jan. 1.

Mark Ubry has been named Acting Police Chief of the Lawrence Township Police Department effective Jan. 1. 

Lawrence Municipal Manager Richard Krawczun said Ubry will remain in that position until a permanent replacement is appointed. 

At most, three sworn officers in Lawrence Township will be eligible to take the civil service exam for Police Chief: Ubry, Lt. Thomas Ritter and Lt. Charles Edgar.

In December, Lawrence Town Council directed Krawczun to name an acting chief and then have the eligible officers apply for the chief's position via a civil service exam. They decided against hiring a civilian Public Safety Director, which would have required the police department to fill a currently vacant and unfunded Police Captain position. At a minimum, that would cost Lawrence Township an additional $104,000.

Sean Michaels January 03, 2014 at 06:12 PM
Congratulations to Mark! A man who was born and raised in Lawrenceville and really cares about the town and its citizens. Happy retirement to Dan who was a great leader!
josh hamilton January 03, 2014 at 07:15 PM
Mrs Cuyler, did you remove my comments? What happened to the freedom of speech? Sean Michaels, are you Mrs Ubry or Mrs. Posluszny? I guess that's irrelevant because I expect you to protect your husbands. I never worked for Dan but again when your employees go and speak against you at town council, it speaks volumes to your leadership skills. Also, tell me why these officers sued the township and WON? Leadership doesn't lose lawsuits! As for Mark, my comments are asking why he was chosen instead of Ritter or Edgar? Did I hit a sore spot with the words integrity or politics Sean? From what I've been told by many of the officers who attended the party in December, these are issues that need to be addressed! Hopefully, you won't delete my comments against Mrs. Cuyler. Freedom of speech is covered under the US Constitution.
Greta Cuyler (Editor) January 03, 2014 at 07:22 PM
Yes, Josh Hamilton, we removed your comment. You certainly have every right to free speech and are welcome to express your opinion, but some of what you said falls under the legal definition of "libel" and was therefore deleted from Patch.
josh hamilton January 03, 2014 at 07:34 PM
Tell me what was said that fell under the legal definition of "Libel". Sounds like you were told to take it down. Nothing was said that wasn't straight to the point. Sounds like you are shutting down my legal right to freedom of speech. Are you working for the township? Did Mr. Krawczyn demand that you take that down? I'm going to consult my attorney. Florida Law must be the same as New Jersey law..
Greta Cuyler (Editor) January 03, 2014 at 08:00 PM
The decision of whether or not to remove comments is made by Patch, no one else. Your right to free speech only extends to Patch if you abide by the company's Terms of Use (see link at bottom of page). If you have further questions, feel free to email me directly at greta.cuyler@patch.com.
Lynden Arden January 03, 2014 at 08:24 PM
I don't agree with anything Josh Hamilton said but I was stunned to see his comment removed. It doesn't look good especially since this is a political story. Yikes.
Sean Michaels January 03, 2014 at 10:00 PM
I am neither Mrs. Ubry or Mrs. Posluzsny. I am just a 27 year resident of Lawrence who is not related to any political, civil, municipal, state or federal employee. Didn't anyone ever tell you "Mr. Hamilton", if you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything.
josh hamilton January 03, 2014 at 10:49 PM
I can't comment too much about your identity Sean AKA Mrs Ubry/Posluszny because I don't want to be held "libel" but how would you know he is a great leader? I worked there years ago so I am qualified to comment on past chiefs because I lived through them. I lived through the abuse a few of those chiefs administered. I still talk to guys who have retired during Dan's tenure as chief. They all say the same thing. His leadership skills were nonexistent. I leave you with this final thought tonight. Sometimes the truth hurts.
maggie smith January 04, 2014 at 07:20 AM
Mr hamilton go back under that rock or better yet try going to your nearest church and pray that we all continue to stay safe with all our public employees who work with more dedication and honor than most of us God be with our EMTs Police And Fire Dept. and volunteer 's
Common Sense January 04, 2014 at 11:16 AM
Congratulations and good luck to Mark Ubry. It is very comforting to see a life long resident banned add police chief. It is so important that the chief be a resident. Good luck Mark and god bless you
Mr. Ray January 04, 2014 at 11:27 AM
I agree with freedom of speech.
josh hamilton January 04, 2014 at 08:25 PM
Maggie, we've known each other for a long long time. If you only knew half of what went on years ago. Take it for what it's worth.
Common Sense January 04, 2014 at 08:44 PM
" Josh" if your such a stand up guy and so concerned about the problem decisions that are being made, why not come out from behind your screen name and address your issues? It's very frustrating for us residents that have full faith in our town officials to constantly read your ridiculously immature comments everytime someone's name is printed. If you truly live in Florida why not let go and enjoy the warm weather?
josh hamilton January 04, 2014 at 09:46 PM
So now we have Sean Michaels and Common Sense staring as Mrs. Ubry and Mrs. Posluszny. I'm not going to be "libel" for anything so that's all I'm going to say.
Mr. Ray January 06, 2014 at 09:22 PM
Provided Mr. Hamilton didn't use profanity, what ever happened to someone being able voice an intelligent comment. That's the problem with a lot of what's wrong with the world today. Somebody can't voice an opinion without someone else getting ticked off or offended. We all have to be "politically correct" and have to succumb to the fear of being sued or speaking our minds. We can't be individuals. I didn't see Mr. Hamilton's comments but after seeing the thread of comments on this article it appears that Mr Hamilton's freedom of speech was revoked. Politics are politics, that will never change. The Chief stepped down, another person is taking his place. It's all very convenient. Could be worse, they could be all over the news like the politicians in Hamilton.
Observer10x January 09, 2014 at 12:06 PM
As posted on Patch: Mark Ubry has been named Acting Police Chief of the Lawrence Township Police Department effective Jan. 1. Lawrence Municipal Manager Richard Krawczun said Ubry will remain in that position until a permanent replacement is appointed. At most, three sworn officers in Lawrence Township will be eligible to take the civil service exam for Police Chief: Ubry, Lt. Thomas Ritter and Lt. Charles Edgar. Mr. Josh Hamilton questioned why Ubry was appointed "acting" police chief. It appears all three officers are qualified, but only one can serve in that position. Did I read that the wrong way?

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