The Maplewood Township Committee voted unanimously Monday to extend the leave of Police Captain Joshua Cummis, who was previously suspended along with Chief Robert Cimino in an alleged police brutality and profiling case that led to a lawsuit filed by a Maplewood teen.
On August 1, the TC placed Cimino on a 60-day leave and called for his immediate resignation, while Cummis was suspended for 30 days. At the time, township leaders had been told Cummis planned to retire in September.
“When the TC placed Mr. Cummis on Administrative Leave through August 31st it was based on his plan to retire effective September 1st,” said Mayor Vic DeLuca in an email. “The attorney for Mr. Cummis informed the Township that Mr. Cummis may withdraw his retirement papers. The resolution passed on Monday night extends the Administrative Leave for Mr. Cummis through September 30th. In the event Mr. Cummis does not retire on September 1st, he will continue to be on leave.”
DeLuca continued, “It is the TC’s desire to not have Mr. Cummis return to the Maplewood Police Department.”
See the full resolution attached below as a PDF. See the meeting on YouTube here.