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Former captain suing city & police chief for demotion, claims it was because he took leave to care for his sick mom

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Source: Millville Police Facebook

A former New Jersey police captain is suing his department for a wrongful demotion, claiming the chief was angry after he decided to take a leave of absence to tend to his ailing mother.

According to NJ.com, Harrison Cranmer claims Police Chief Jody Farabella demoted him out of retaliation when he decided to use some of his nine months of paid time off to tend to his mother.

Cranmer says within a week of his application for time off, chief Farabella then told him his recent promotion to captain was ‘provisional.’

A new city ordinance was then voted and approved by commissioners a week later that reduced the number of police captains from two to one, which allowed Farabella to strip Cranmer of his title and cut his pay.

Cranmer filed for retirement a few days later.

The paper did not list how much Cranmer is suing the city and chief for.

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