Teaneck Hires Ex-cop as First Black Manager

By Joseph Ax, Staff Writer

The Record, April 15, 2009, pL03.

The town has hired William Broughton, a former township police captain and an undersheriff in the Bergen County Sheriff's Department, as its next municipal manager.

The decision came Monday at a workshop meeting of the Township Council. Broughton, 47, will be the town's first black manager.

"I'm very thankful and very humbled by the opportunity that you've given me to serve as manager," Broughton said.

"I look forward to coming back to Teaneck and leading this workforce and developing a harmonious relationship."

The Jackson resident, a graduate of Teaneck High School, will begin work on May 18 at an annual salary of $157,000.

He arrives in the manager's office during a tumultuous time for the town, with the specter of layoffs hanging over dozens of employees.

As he delivered a few remarks at Monday's meeting, Broughton turned around to address the rows of employees sitting inside the council chambers, vowing to build mutual trust.

"This is a bold council," he said. "They decided they wanted things managed in a different way. And that's why I'm here. I'm here because the council has chosen a different path."

The vote was 5-0. Deputy Mayor Lizette Parker, whose husband works for the sheriff's department, abstained but said she supports Broughton.

Broughton replaces Helene Fall, who was fired from her position in January, three weeks after a $4.1 million jury verdict against the town in a harassment case.

Broughton, a 22-year veteran of the police force, said he thinks his career as a Teaneck employee would serve him well.

"I think I'm going to be able to develop relationships with the unions and the employees, which are our most valuable resource," he said.

Broughton is no stranger to the political tensions in town. Fall rejected his request to go on leave when he left Teaneck for the sheriff's department in 2005.

He sued the town and eventually dropped the lawsuit as part of a settlement in which he resigned.

Broughton said that as the first black manager of the town, he felt he was "standing on the shoulders of others" -- including the late Frederick Greene Jr., Teaneck's first black police officer.

Broughton and his wife have four children, ages 3 to 22.