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Parsippany Police Chief Paul Philipps defends township’s actions towards retaliation claims by retired police Capt. James Carifi.
Peggy Wright

MORRISTOWN — Parsippany’s police chief took the stand Thursday as the primary protection witness on the trial of retired Capt. James Carifi’s civil lawsuit towards the township.

Chief Paul Phillips advised a jury Carifi thought some colleagues have been “biased” towards him and thought a superior who accused him of misconduct had a vendetta towards him.

The chief of the 102-officer division, the most important in Morris County, was the primary witness referred to as by lawyer Thomas Hanrahan, who’s defending Parsippany on the civil trial in Superior Courtroom. 

Carifi’s lawsuit claims he was wrongfully bypassed for promotion to deputy chief and retaliated towards by supervisors when he reported wrongdoing within the division between 2009 and 2011.

Philipps advised the jury he additionally wasn’t promoted to lieutenant the primary time he tried and was handed over as soon as for promotion to deputy chief, despite the fact that he scored greater on the civil service check than the appointed captain.

“It was a tough capsule to swallow nevertheless it was utterly inside the mayor’s prerogative,” Philipps stated of James Barberio.

“You did not file a lawsuit over that, did you?” Hanrahan requested. Philipps replied “no.”

Philipps just isn’t a named defendant in Carifi’s “whistleblower” lawsuit. Retired Police Chief Michael Peckerman, the township and the police division are named within the go well with.

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Carifi has included Philipps, former Capt. Ed Jasiecki, then-Sgt. Yvonne Christiano and then-Patrolman Earl Kinsey as being among the people in the department who were biased or had a vendetta against him. 

Before Phillips testified, Carifi had concluded his testimony and his lawyer Christopher Deininger had rested his case.

Philipps is expected to continue his testimony on Monday before Superior Court Judge Maryann Nergaard.

Carifi has claimed he was the target of unfair internal affairs probes within the department he said coincided with his reports to superiors about wrongdoing between 2009 and 2011. The misdeeds, he said, include the disappearance of 13 laptop computers, alleged double-dipping by animal control officers and the hiring of a school crossing guard with a criminal record.

Philipps testified that while he was captain in 2009, he was assigned to investigate internal affairs…