Parsippany Police Chief to Resign Post as of March 1

Anthony DeZenzo says he'll take some time off before deciding his next professional move.

After 32 years in law enforcement, Parsippany Police Chief Anthony DeZenzo says he's stepping down from his position as of March 1.

"It's true," he told Patch, confirming rumors that have been swirling around Town Hall for the past week. "I turned in my papers last Friday."

There have been rumors that the chief will move on to the Morris County Prosecutor's Office. DeZenzo said that as of now, that is not true.

"I have no job offer at this time," he said, adding that he will take some time off to relax, spend time with family and evaluate his options.

There is no word yet as to who will replace the outgoing chief, though Deputy Chief Paul Philipps, now second in command, would appear to be next in line. It is possible, however, that Mayor James Barberio could choose to bypass Philipps in favor of one of the four police captains.

DeZenzo offered high praise for the officers serving under his leadership since he became Parsippany's sixth police chief after former Chief Michael Peckerman retired in September 2011.

"I have really enjoyed the people who work here, the rank and file," he said.

He said he'll have more to say on the matter in the future, but for the present, he acknowledged his appreciation for his year-plus stint as Parsippany's top cop.

"It's been a great run," he said.

I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 19, 2013 at 05:07 PM
If I took some time off to spend with my family, I would be foreclosed on, my electricity would be turned off, and my car would be repoed.
ofalljokes February 28, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Later to you, chief sitting bull! Feeling proud that you have acccomplished nothing, left nothing good behind that you have done for the town that even one person would remember you for in the future and talk about? Loser.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk February 28, 2013 at 01:04 PM
Mayor bribery?
Wilson March 11, 2013 at 06:42 AM
Don't forget Mayor Barberio's children are adding to the corruption by drinking at the firehouse while he is at work. He is the next one that should step down, and let the town's taxpayers chose the right candidate, while the police continue doing a great job.
Wilson March 11, 2013 at 06:45 AM
Especially Mayor Barberio's children that party and drink at the firehouse on the town's budget surplus.


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