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Paragraph 10 reads:  "Czech's report indicated Ruroede suffers from a seizure disorder and as a consequence takes Effexor, Xanex and Fludrocortisone, all of which have side effects when combined with alcohol. The report also claimed that an analysis of Ruroede by a psychologist suggested he is "at risk of over aggressive expressions and over aggressive behaviors."

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Former officer's suit gets a court date
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Community News (Lodi Edition)
STAFF WRITER

A former police lieutenant's civil suit against the borough is scheduled to go before the court early next year.

Kelly Ruroede filed his suit against the borough, the police department and the mayor and council earlier this year following his termination from the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department on Dec. 9, 2008. Ruroede's case will go before Judge Estela De La Cruz at Bergen County Superior Court on Jan. 5, 2010, according to borough officials.

Ruroede was fired from his position as a lieutenant of the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department following a report and recommendation by Hearing Officer Robert Czech, Esq. of Sea Girt. Czech asserted in his report that Ruroede had provided "untruthful responses during the course of the investigation" into his actions of March 23, 2008 during a physical altercation with Rutherford Police Capt. George Egbert. Czech stated in his report that Ruroede was insubordinate, withheld information, failed to comply with laws, had unauthorized absences and handled firearms while unqualified to do so. According to Czech, a psychological evaluation determined that Ruroede was "unfit for duty."

In his lawsuit, Ruroede seeks to have Czech's decision overturned, a reinstatement to the police department and pay lost due to his suspension.

The bulk of the charges against Ruroede stem from a clash between Egbert and Ruroede at the Blarney Station bar in East Rutherford. Czech's report indicated both men had drinks at the bar prior to the fight.

Egbert claimed Ruroede brandished a firearm during the course of a verbal disagreement between the two men, stating that Ruroede lifted him "by the jacket right below the throat and lifted [him] up off the ground."

In the report, Ruroede told Czech that Egbert made a derogatory remark about a female friend of Ruroede's while she was leaving the bar. Ruroede claimed Egbert grabbed his arm first "and that is why he continued in the manner he did."

Eyewitness statements corroborate much of Egbert's testimony, according to the hearing officer's report.

Czech stated Egbert called both the Rutherford Police Department and the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department within an hour to report the altercation while Ruroede waited until the next day to do so.

Czech's report indicated Ruroede suffers from a seizure disorder and as a consequence takes Effexor, Xanex and Fludrocortisone, all of which have side effects when combined with alcohol. The report also claimed that an analysis of Ruroede by a psychologist suggested he is "at risk of over aggressive expressions and over aggressive behaviors."

Following the March 23 incident, Ruroede received notice of suspension without pay.

Borough Administrator Michael Kronyak said Ruroede was "appealing [the borough's decision] to see if the termination was valid." Kronyak indicated that the borough would receive legal representation from Ruderman and Glickman, who represent the borough in labor and contract litigation, and via the borough's insurance carrier, the New Jersey Intergovernmental Insurance Fund.

"We feel that we followed the correct procedure and that the path the mayor and council took was right," Kronyak said.

Attorney John Boppert of Ruderman and Glickman declined to comment. Ruroede's attorney, Albert Wunsch, was unavailable for comment.

E-mail: zaremba@northjersey.com

A former police lieutenant's civil suit against the borough is scheduled to go before the court early next year.

Kelly Ruroede filed his suit against the borough, the police department and the mayor and council earlier this year following his termination from the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department on Dec. 9, 2008. Ruroede's case will go before Judge Estela De La Cruz at Bergen County Superior Court on Jan. 5, 2010, according to borough officials.

Ruroede was fired from his position as a lieutenant of the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department following a report and recommendation by Hearing Officer Robert Czech, Esq. of Sea Girt. Czech asserted in his report that Ruroede had provided "untruthful responses during the course of the investigation" into his actions of March 23, 2008 during a physical altercation with Rutherford Police Capt. George Egbert. Czech stated in his report that Ruroede was insubordinate, withheld information, failed to comply with laws, had unauthorized absences and handled firearms while unqualified to do so. According to Czech, a psychological evaluation determined that Ruroede was "unfit for duty."

In his lawsuit, Ruroede seeks to have Czech's decision overturned, a reinstatement to the police department and pay lost due to his suspension.

The bulk of the charges against Ruroede stem from a clash between Egbert and Ruroede at the Blarney Station bar in East Rutherford. Czech's report indicated both men had drinks at the bar prior to the fight.

Egbert claimed Ruroede brandished a firearm during the course of a verbal disagreement between the two men, stating that Ruroede lifted him "by the jacket right below the throat and lifted [him] up off the ground."

In the report, Ruroede told Czech that Egbert made a derogatory remark about a female friend of Ruroede's while she was leaving the bar. Ruroede claimed Egbert grabbed his arm first "and that is why he continued in the manner he did."

Eyewitness statements corroborate much of Egbert's testimony, according to the hearing officer's report.

Czech stated Egbert called both the Rutherford Police Department and the Hasbrouck Heights Police Department within an hour to report the altercation while Ruroede waited until the next day to do so.

Czech's report indicated Ruroede suffers from a seizure disorder and as a consequence takes Effexor, Xanex and Fludrocortisone, all of which have side effects when combined with alcohol. The report also claimed that an analysis of Ruroede by a psychologist suggested he is "at risk of over aggressive expressions and over aggressive behaviors."

Following the March 23 incident, Ruroede received notice of suspension without pay.

Borough Administrator Michael Kronyak said Ruroede was "appealing [the borough's decision] to see if the termination was valid." Kronyak indicated that the borough would receive legal representation from Ruderman and Glickman, who represent the borough in labor and contract litigation, and via the borough's insurance carrier, the New Jersey Intergovernmental Insurance Fund.

"We feel that we followed the correct procedure and that the path the mayor and council took was right," Kronyak said.

Attorney John Boppert of Ruderman and Glickman declined to comment. Ruroede's attorney, Albert Wunsch, was unavailable for comment.

E-mail: zaremba@northjersey.com