Paul Philipps Named Acting Chief of Police

Parsippany Police Chief Paul Philipps
Deputy Chief Paul Philipps was appointed serve as acting chief of the Parsippany Police Department.

PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — Mayor James Barberio stated “I am proud to announce that effective today I have appointed Deputy Chief Paul Philipps to the position of Acting Chief, Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department.”

Chief Anthony DeZenzo announced he was retiring effective March 1.

He retired with an annual benefit of $131,951.76.  DeZenzo was sworn in on September 1, 2011 by Mayor James Barberio, to lead the department, which has more than 90 officers, making it the largest in Morris County.

DeZenzo, who served as chief after Michael Peckerman retired, also served as head of the Parsippany Office of Emergency Management.

DeZenzo said when he made the resignation announcement that he will take time to relax before deciding his next professional move.

DeZenzo, 52, was hired by Parsippany police in 1982 as a patrol officer and promoted to sergeant in 1987. He became lieutenant in 1991 and, in 1997, was promoted to captain, and then in 2010 he was promoted to Deputy Police Chief.