Maplewood appointed Lt. Albert Sally as a Captain of the Police Department at its meeting on Tuesday, replacing Capt. Joshua Cummis, who was suspended after a 2016 racial brutality incident that shone a light on the often fractured relations with the public and within the department itself.
Cummis, who later retired, is currently suing the township and is also named — along with ousted Chief Robert Cimino, the township and other individual officers — as defendants in a civil suit brought by a Maplewood teen.
Three other officers also were promoted to lieutenant by the town on Tuesday: Sgt. Thomas Dimaggio; Sgt. Niheema Malloy and Sgt. Christopher Black.
“With the promotions and the supervisors we have, I believe we are moving in the right direction,” said Sally. “…moving forward we will continue to protect and serve the citizens of Maplewood and all persons entering our community. We will…treat all with dignity and respect, and remain professional.”
Sally noted the department’s continuing emphasis on cultural diversity and de-escalation training. and said the department “will become more accessible and transparent to gain the public trust.”
Sally continued, “We have great men and women working in the Maplewood Police Department with more diversity than before. We are committed to improving the relationship between police and the community.”