BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The newest member of the Bernards Township police force, Patrol Officer Timothy Polizzi, was sworn in at Tuesday's Township Committee meeting, and was due to begin work the following day, on Wednesday, April 10.

Polizzi was previously employed for two years as a police officer in Clifton, and he still lives in Passaic County, Bernards Police Chief Michael Shimsky said in introducing the new member of the Bernards force.

He had graduated from Berkeley College with a degree in criminal justice in 2015, Shimsky said.

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Polizzi fills a vacancy in the department created when former officer Harrison Kirby resigned in December, Shimsky said earlier.

Polizzi's appointment had been recommended by the police chief, as well as the Township Administrator and Human Resources manager, said the resolution approved by the Township Committee. The vote was 4-0, with Deputy Mayor James Baldassare, whose wife is a township police officer, recusing himself from the vote.

After receiving the approval of the Township Committee, the new officer was sworn in with his parents, Lorraine and Richard Polizzi, by his side.

Polizzi will begin at a salary in accordance with the police contract with the township, the resolution stated. His starting annual base salary is $49,992, according to township figures provided on Wednesday.