Monday, September 19, 2005

Police lieutenant up for school security post

Police Lt. Donald Moye is retiring from the Plainfield Police Division and is up for appointment as the first director of District and Homeland Security for the school system.

The Board of Education will vote Tuesday (Sept. 20, 2005) on his appointment, at a salary of $105,000. The board meeting is at 8 p.m. at Clinton School, 1304 W. Fourth St.

The job includes responsibility for safety in all schools and district buildings. The director will plan and implement Homeland Security measures and will serve as a link to governmental agencies. Training and direction of security officers, monitoring of safety equipment and establishment of a mobile district security force are among the many other tasks for the year-round position, according to a job description adopted by the school board in July.

If appointed, Moye will take charge Wednesday (Sept. 21. 2005).

Police Chief Edward Santiago confirmed that Moye is retiring after 25 years with the Police Division.
Moye is the second superior officer this month to retire for a high-profile security position. Captain Michael Lattimore, formerly the city‘s Public Safety director, was appointed public safety director for the Newark Campus of Rutgers University.

Acting Gov. Richard Codey made school security a key item in his State of the State address in January 2005, citing a terrorist infiltration of a school in Russia and the revelation that New Jersey school floor plans were found on a computer disc in Iran.

Codey called for inspection of the state’s 3,400 schools, security courses for school personnel, a school security summit in April 2005 and a campaign to get more federal funds to increase security.

Noting that terrorists used construction work as a cover to hide explosives and weapons at the Russian school, Codey also called for monitoring of school construction sites.

Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow and county police chiefs are working closely with school superintendents in each district to create safety plans, spokesman Robert O’Leary said Monday.

Besides improving communication and security measures, the goal is to produce “real, working documents” outlining steps for all kinds of emergencies, Romankow said.

Moye is already part of the security network.

“We have worked continuously to find better ways, with the total support of all educators, to provide programs such as drug interdiction, gang awareness, anti-bullying and violence prevention,” Romankow said.

“Members of our Counter-Terrorism Task Force and the Gang Unit have already worked with Lt. Donald Moye on other prevention programs to make sure some of these policies are already being carried out in the schools.”

The governor’s initiative is being carried out in Union County through the prosecutor’s staff and the staff of Union County Schools Superintendent Carmen M. Centuolo, Romankow said.

--Bernice Paglia

KEYWORDS: School district