Tag Archive: Conflict of Interest

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Cesspool

The Jersey Journal‘s Jarrett Renshaw reports:

Jersey City’s new chief of police, Tom Comey, defended his wife’s ownership of a local private security company yesterday, saying the couple live separate professional lives.

“She is a capable businesswoman. She runs the business and I perform my job and responsibilities here,” Comey said through city spokesman Stan H. Eason. “It is a shame in 2006 that women are not given credit and are questioned on their ability to compete in industry dominated by men.”

What’s a shame is that the new Top Cop is resorting to hiding behind his wife’s sex to defend an unethical conflict of interest. 

The Jersey Journal reported in January that Phyllis Comey runs Jersey City-based Direct Response, a 60-person private security firm created in March 1998.

A 1939 state law prohibits cops from running such firms, but doesn’t bar spouses or other relatives of officers from doing so.

Mayor Jerramiah Healy and outgoing Police Chief Robert Troy said they had no problem with Tom Comey’s relationship to the security business, while Downtown Councilman Steve Fulop tried unsuccessfully to bring Comey before the City Council to explain it.

Oh, well, if the Tweedledee and Tweedledum graduates of the Hague School for the Ethically Challenged don’t have a problem, then it must be hunky-dory fine.