Cape May has presented its reasoning for the demotion of Police Chief Robert Sheehan. The city said it resulted from an investigation into Lt. Lear over an abuse of comp time. The city was working with the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office on an investigation and during the course of that, it was suggested that there be an investigation of Chief Robert Sheehan, according to the city. Sheehan refused to be questioned and eventually the Prosecutor’s Office placed Sheehan in charge of the investigation into Lear, despite the city’s objections over potential conflict of interest.
Chief Sheehan was appointed Chief of Police on March 4, 2014 and signed a contract with a one year probationary period which permitted the City Council to rescind the appointment before the end of the one year period. On March 3, 2015, the City Council voted to rescind the appointment of Chief Sheehan pending the ongoing investigation regarding Police Department personnel, as well as other matters. As a result, he resumes his position as Captain of the Cape May City Police Department pursuant to the terms and conditions of his contract.