Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office will supervise Linwood police department

LINDWOOD - The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office said Monday it's taken control of the police department here.

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The action comes after an investigation "into several complaints of alleged misconduct by Linwood Chief of Police John Hamilton," the prosecutor's office said in a brief statement.

The statement offered no details about the allegations against Hamilton, but noted Linwood's city council had placed the chief on paid administrative leave.

County Prosecutor Damon Tyner said he will "exercise the authority over the day to day activities of the Linwood Police Department until further notice.”

The supervision will take place "under the statutory authority vested in the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office," he added.

In a statement, Linwood Mayor Darren Matik said "a pending confidential personnel matter in the police department … is being addressed."

"We welcome any support from the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office as the city progresses with the matter," he added.

The mayor said Linwood's "fully staffed" police department "will continue to provide the residents of Linwood the essential services they require and deserve."

He said Linwood Police Captain Jason Weber will serve as acting chief "until a resolution has been reached in this matter."

The police department serves about 6,700 residents in a municipality of a little more than four square miles.

Linwood is about nine miles west of Atlantic City and shares borders with Northfield, Egg Harbor Township, and Somers Point, according to the municipal website.

Jim Walsh is a free-range reporter who’s been roaming around South Jersey for decades. His interests include crime, the courts, economic development and being first with breaking news. Reach him at jwalsh@gannettnj.com or look for him in traffic.

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