William Ziegler Loses Appeal
William Ziegler, for nineteen years Chief of the Hackensack, N. J., Fire Department, lost bis appeal suit before the Supreme Court.
Last year, shortly after the municipality adopted the city manager form of government, the offices of Chief of Fire Department and Chief of Police were abolished as an economy move and the control of both departments was given to a Director of Public Safety.
Chief Ziegler contested the action on the ground that he was an exempt fireman and an honorably discharged veteran. He argued that since his position was created by a city ordinance, it could not be abolished by a resolution.
Justice Joseph B. Perskie, in the opinion, said that the change resulted in a saving of $30,000 a year and produced “greater efficiency and harmony in both departments and has put a stop to waste and extravagance in either or both of the departments.”