Demoted NJ police chief who wrote racial profiling email will retire
WYCKOFF — A Bergen County chief who was suspended without pay for sending an email advocating racial profiling has resigned and will retire next week.
The Record reports former Wyckoff chief Benjamin Fox agreed to resign on Nov. 15 as part of deal reached with the Bergen County town. His 180-day suspension, which began Aug. 5, was also deemed "fully satisfied."
Fox will submit a retirement application dated Dec. 1 to the state.
The agreement released Wednesday by Wyckoff officials contained no details about any conditions of Fox's retirement, the pension he will receive or what other benefits he will keep or sacrifice.
Fox was disciplined and demoted after the county prosecutor's office determined his 2014 email that said profiling has its place in law enforcement if done correctly "explicitly" violated a state directive prohibiting racial profiling.
The police department earlier this year declined to release copies of bias complaints filed by citizens against the police department. The department in August denied the records request by New Jersey 101.5 without explanation.