Trenton's top cop loses legal battle

July 9, 2008 8:53:03 AM PDT
Trenton's top cop has lost another legal battle to keep his job and now has 75 days to clear out his office.

A state appellate panel Wednesday agreed with a judge that Police Director Joseph Santiago must forfeit the post because he is not a city resident.

You can see the official documents of the court's ruling by clicking here.

Trenton Mayor Douglas Palmer argued he had exempted Santiago from the residency requirement. Palmer had no immediate comment on the decision.

Santiago lawyer Salvatore Alfano says they will seek to appeal the ruling to the state Supreme Court.

The lawyer blames disgruntled officers for persuading the City Council and some residents to file a lawsuit to oust Santiago.

Palmer appointed Santiago in 2003 after he served seven months as superintendent of the state police under former Gov. James McGreevey. He was Newark's police director before then.