PISCATAWAY, NJ — As the start of the new year brings change around Piscataway Township, Mayor Brian Wahler and the Piscataway Township Council announced the retirement of police chief Scott Cartmell and the promotion of Michael McLaughlin to the position.

“Michael McLaughlin knows and loves Piscataway, is greatly admired for his law enforcement and managerial skills, and is a tremendous asset to our township,” Wahler said in a Wednesday news release. “I have every confidence that he will easily rise to this new responsibility with a seamless transition of leadership.”

McLaughlin, who has held the rank of Captain since 2016, has worked in numerous sections of the department, including patrols, safety and investigations over his 34-year career. 

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He has also supervised several areas including juvenile, vice and community policing and has been a watch commander, said officials.

“I look forward to leading this outstanding police department to best serve the residents of Piscataway and to provide a safe and comfortable environment for all,” McLaughlin said in the release.  “I am proud of the men and women with whom I work and am confident that our department’s great relationship with the community will continue to flourish.”

McLaughlin will take the oath of office on Jan. 18.

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