RUMSON CHIEF-TO-BE: “IT’S NOT ABOUT ME”

Acting Chief Scott Paterson at the Rumson PD’s dispatch desk. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Shrewsbury’s not the only town on the Green to have had a changing of the guard in its police department this week.

On Monday, the same day Lou Ferraro was sworn in as chief in Shrewsbury, Scott Paterson’s elevation to acting chief in Rumson quietly took effect. He’s expected to be sworn in as chief on January 1.

Low-key and unceremonious is fine with Paterson, a lieutenant who’d been serving as “officer in charge,” in the words of a council resolution, since former Chief Rick Tobias stepped away to burn off accumulated vacation time on August 1.

“It’s not about me,” Paterson told redbankgreen in an interview in his small, utilitarian office in the basement of Memorial Hall on Wednesday. “I think the guys who work here need to know that I hold myself no better than the highest or lowest-ranking employee.”

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