MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The Maplewood Police Department has a new captain among its ranks: Captain Peter Kuenzel. He was sworn in effective Feb. 4 at a private ceremony at the Maplewood Municipal building, and during last night's Township Committee meeting, it was made official as part of the consent agenda.

“I want to congratulate Capt. Peter Kuenzel on his promotion to the rank of Captain,” said Chief Jim DeVaul. “It is not an easy task to accomplish and truly shows his dedication to the department and the community we serve. Capt. Kuenzel took part in the Township promotional process for each rank he achieved.”

Kuenzel started his career in Maplewood in 1999 as a police dispatcher, and then joined the ranks of the MPD as a patrol officer shortly thereafter in 2000, after attending the Essex County Police Academy. DeVaul noted that Kuenzel has served as a detective, patrol sergeant and patrol lieutenant.

During the swearing in, which was private due to COVID-19 restrictions, Capt. Kuenzel was very thankful to the Township Committee for their trust and support. He thanked his family for all their support and understanding over the many years of his career, and he promised to continue to work hard for the Maplewood community.



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