Jason Roebuck (right) has been named the city's provisional police chief
LONG BRANCH: There has been a change at the top of the city's police department.
Jason Roebuck resigned as the city's director of public safety and went back to his captain position last week. He was then promoted to provisional police chief. The provisional appointment is temporary until a full time police chief is hired by the city.
Roebuck told Word On The Shore he will be taking the civil service test later this year in an attempt to become the full-time chief.
Long Branch Business Administrator Kevin Hayes will take over as director of public safety for the city.
During its June 27 meeting, the Long Branch Council adopted an ordinance by a 3-2 vote which creates the positions of police chief and two deputy police chiefs. Under the new arrangement, the the public safety director position remains but must be held by someone who is not a police officer. The ordinance states that the director can also appoint a deputy municipal department head.
Usually the position of public safety director is held by a civilian, but in 1991, a member of the police department has held the position, Mayor Adam Schneider told Word On The Shore last month. However, Schneider said the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office has been "examining the position for a number of different reasons, and recently told the city that the position should only be used if it is held by a civilian.