A 30-year-old Sayreville councilwoman who was shot and killed outside her home had faced opposition from the head of the local law enforcement union for being anti-police one month before her murder.
David Sivilli, the president of the Sayreville PBA Local 98, asked Mayor Victoria Kilpatrick to remove Eunice Dwumfour as the council liaison to the police department in a January 2 email obtained by the New Jersey Globe through an Open Public Records Act request.
“The PBA has great concern over comments Mrs. Dwumfour made at the last meeting over her and her families (sic) previous experience with police in general. Her comments included her stating that in their experiences in the past interactions with the police in general were not favorable,” Sivilli wrote. “She also stated that she did not like police prior to her being police liaison.”
Sivilli told the mayor that “the PBA has great reservations about Mrs. Dwumfour being reappointed to this position after these comments were made public at the last meeting.”
“You as mayor (should) also be concerned over these comments,” Sivilli stated. “The PBA is sure that you will take our serious concerns and recommendations under consideration while making your decision.”
The PBA president is also a member of the Sayreville Zoning Board.
Kilpatrick, a Democrat who had forged a coalition with Republicans, including Dwumfour, made no changes to the council liaison post.
Sivilli also told Kilpatrick that in 2022, he “did not have any working relationship with … (Dwumfour) after numerous attempts on my part to contact her.”
But after Dwumfour’s murder, PBA Local 98 posted a message on their Facebook page saying, “we found Eunice to be kind and compassionate.”
News 12 New Jersey reported that Kilpatrick confirmed that “investigators in the Dwumfour case are examining a letter sent to (the) mayor from the town’s PBA.”
But Sivilli told the New Jersey Globe that he had not been interviewed by law enforcement following Dwumfour’s February 1 murder.
“Nope, no one’s talked to me,” he said.
The PBA president also suggested that there was no tie between his union’s position on Dwumfour’s reappointment as council liaison and the investigation into her murder.
“I just preferred another councilman over that one,” Sivilli stated. “It’s that simple.”