- Special Sections
- Public Notices
The following are excerpts from The Record, a newspaper in northern New Jersey.
• Aug. 20,1994 headline: Upper Saddle River Cop Charged with Theft of Gun – “A 21-year-veteran of the Upper Saddle River Police Department, already facing theft charges, has been accused of taking marijuana that was being held as evidence in a criminal prosecution. Sgt. Gary Ahlers, 39, pleaded not guilty to charges of evidence tampering and official misconduct during a brief arraignment Friday morning in state Superior Court in Hackensack.
“A grand jury indicted him on the charges last month. Gary Ahlers faced “11.5 years in prison if convicted on the two charges.”
Earlier “Ahlers was suspended without pay from the department in January after he was arrested on charges that in 1990 he took a .22-caliber Ruger revolver that had been donated to the department and gave it to his father-in-law. Ahlers faces 18 years in prison on theft and official misconduct charges stemming from that incident, prosecutors say.”
The newspaper reports the revolver was recovered in his father-in-law’s home in Santa Fe.
• March 1, 1995 headline: Upper Saddle River Cop Resigns, so Charges will be Dropped – “Earlier this month a grand jury voted to indict Ahlers on seven criminal charges, including three counts of official misconduct, two counts of unlawfully transferring a handgun, theft by failure to make required disposition, and acquiring a handgun without obtaining a purchase permit. Ahlers also was charged with taking marijuana that was being held as evidence in a criminal prosecution. He pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
“Bergen County Prosecutor John J. Fahy said he agreed to dismiss the charges after learning that Ahlers was considering moving out of the area. The main focus was that he was no longer going to be a police officer in Upper Saddle River.”
Under the agreement with the prosecutor, Ahlers complied with the borough’s request that he waive his rights to file suit against the borough.
The Oct. 8 Los Alamos Monitor reports, “Ahlers joked that he’d been arrested “at least 30 different times for police brutality.”
Wow, what a record! Los Alamos Police Department reported no police brutality cases. But my main point is, once again Gary Ahlers failed to mention any of the serious charges I listed above.
The facts appear clear. Gary Ahlers once swore to uphold the law in New Jersey, then facing several felony charges, was suspended without pay and resigned so all charges would be dropped.
Later, Gary Ahlers moved to Los Alamos and is now the Republican candidate for the Los Alamos Magistrate Judge.
Ahlers has refused several times to discuss the New Jersey charges and indictments. He sidesteps the issue as if there were no pressures for him to give up his 21-year police job in New Jersey.
Should Gary Ahlers be our Magistrate Judge? I don’t think so!