Some officers glad to see Red Bank chief go

WHAT'S NEXT WHAT: Red Bank Board of Commissioners meeting WHEN: 7 p.m. today. WHERE: Red Bank City Hall

Regardless of how former Red Bank police chief Larry Sneed met his professional demise, several people close to the department were happy to see him fired.

"You're automatically on the defensive when you work for him," said Ernie Martin, a corporal who retired in 2006. "You were guilty until proven innocent on anything."

Former Officer Sean Shelton was more blunt.

"The man is an absolute monster," he said.

Mr. Shelton relayed stories of a chief fond of "cussing at his officers, using the f-word, and slamming doors in our faces."

The comments come nearly three weeks after Red Bank officials have only given a slim look into why Mr. Sneed was fired by City Manager Chris Dorsey on July 2.