Dear Editor,

It is inexcusable that the Middletown Township Council allowed retiring Police Chief Robert Oches to snatch a $249,338 check for unused sick and vacation days.

Throughout his time on the force, Oches has been a blemish to any pretense of support for diversity, civil rights and professional responsibility in the Middletown Township Police Department.

Chief Oches was accused of improperly taking a township-owned emergency power generator to his home after Superstorm Sandy. The subsequent investigation's outcome was never released to the public. If guilty of the accusation, Oches could be charged with the crime of Official Misconduct and face prison time.

In 2011, an African-American police officer sued Chief Oches and another Middletown Township police officer for alleged racial harassment. The township settled the suit for $300,000.

Based on these incidents, Oches should have been fired years ago and the department should have been reorganized. But in Middletown Township, racism and misconduct pays at the expense of taxpayers.

 

Justin Cooke

Port Monmouth, NJ
Denver, CO