According to his Financial Disclosure Statement, Oaklyn Borough (Camden County) Councilman Ronald C. Aron also serves as a Police Sergeant in nearby Haddon Township. A lawsuit and settlement agreement that I received by way of an Open Public Records Act (OPRA) request shows that a March 23, 2010 administrative hearing found that Aron had violated police department regulations. Aron challenged the discipline in an April 5, 2010 lawsuit (Aron v. Township of Haddon, Docket No. CAM-L-1759-10) and then appealed to the Appellate Division of the Superior Court (Aron v. Township of Haddon, Docket No. A-4407-10T4).
In November 2012, Aron settled his lawsuit and appeal with the Township and agreed to: a) plead guilty to “conduct detrimental to the good order of the police department,” b) accept a 10 day unpaid, disciplinary suspension, c) forfeit 80 hours of accrued sick time and d) accept a “one year demotion from the rank of sergeant to patrol officer” which had already been served.
Haddon officials have been mum on the nature of the conduct that landed Aron in disciplinary hot water. I am attempting to learn those details because I think that Oaklyn voters need to know should Aron decide to run for reelection. But, Haddon officials will likely hold to their position that the privacy interests of a disciplined police officer who also serves an elected official outweigh the public’s right to know.
John Paff, Chairman
New Jersey Libertarian Party’s
Police Accountability Project
Somerset, New Jersey