This act occurred on Friday, February 21, 1930, but was not reported in the newspaper until the following Thursday, February 27.
Tried Before Police Commissioners On Charges of Neglect of Duty
RIDGEFIELD, N. J. — On Friday afternoon of last week Police Chief Edward S. Bunce was dismissed from the Ridgefield Police Department after a hearing which had been postponed several times. Mr. Bunce did not attend the hearing but was represented by his Counsel, William S. George. The charges against him were neglect of duty and failure to wear his uniform.
He was tried by Commissioners Conor, Kile and Forman and Mayor Clarence A. Davis.
The hearing had been postponed from Thursday evening until Friday afternoon. Attorney George had asked for a week’s postponement but it was not granted, and on Friday afternoon he sent his representative Mayer Hilliel, to ask again for the week’s postponement stating that the chief’s two witnesses were out of town.
Mayor Davis presided at the meeting. Commissioner Kile who preferred the charges against the Chief and Mr. Rose of the Prosecutor’s office were the witnesses. A recommendation for dismissal will be placed before the Mayor and Council at the next meeting and the next step will be the appointment of a Supervisor of Police. Mayor Davis stated that the officials had sought a man who is capable of handling the Departmnet [sic], and at the same time instruct the men under him in modern police procedure. He hopes that when this has been accomplished, the Police Department will not be the source of further worry.