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Town Mayor Liz Lempert said that the Princeton Council could appoint a new police chief to replace disgraced former police chief David Dudeck as early as next month, the Princeton Packet reported. Dudeck signed a separation agreement with the town last year after facing numerous allegations of administrative misconduct.

Captain Nick Sutter has run the police department in Dudeck’s absence, but Town Administrator Robert Bruschi said that Sutter will not necessarily be the automatic choice for the position. Bruschi noted that although Sutter is the highest-ranking member in the department, the town could consider other officers.

Dudeck was placed on medical leave in February 2013. Faced with the choice of signing the separation agreement or having the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office investigate the allegations against him, Dudeck retired Sept. 1. The town paid for Dudeck’s legal fees.

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