WAYNE, NJ – In front of a large crowd of family and fellow officers at Wednesday’s Town Council Meeting, Mayor Vergano had the honor of swearing-in three new Wayne Police Officers who had recently been promoted to Sergeant First-Class, Lieutenant and Captain, respectively.

“First, I would like to recognize the men and the women in the back of the room,” said Vergano, indicating the fifty or so police officers ringing the Council Chambers. “They are members of the finest police department in the state of New Jersey.”  This was followed by a long round of applause.

Police Chief Jack McNiff addressed the Mayor and Council. “It’s my privilege and honor to introduce to present Captain Andrew Verdon and Sergeant Scott Agnes to be sworn in this evening.”

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Verdon first became a police officer in 1997. “He attained the rank of Sergeant in 2009, Lieutenant in 2014, and finished number one on his promotional exam for Captain in May of this year,” said McNiff. “Andrew attended Rutgers University where he earned two bachelor’s degrees: one in Psychology and one in Criminal Justice. He went on to receive a master’s degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology from Rutgers University and another master’s degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College.”

Captain Andrew Verdon is the Commander of the Operations Division where he is in charge of the records bureau, communications bureau and is responsible for all department training.

His family joined him for the swearing-in ceremony at the front of the room just after McNiff introduced them all, adding: “He is also proud to announce that his wife is pregnant with their fifth child. Congratulations.”

Because of a scheduling conflict with Lieutenant Joseph Rooney’s father, Rooney was sworn in last week in a private ceremony with his family in attendance. “It was my honor to have Mayor Vergano and Mr. Bellet assist us with a swearing-in ceremony for Joseph and his family, so his father could be there,” said McNiff who then asked the audience in attendance to recognize him and his accomplishment.

Lieutenant Joseph Rooney is now the Commander of a patrol squad. He was previously a Detective/Sergeant assigned to the Special Operations Unit as a Training Officer and Motor Pool Coordinator. He joined Wayne Police in 2008. Prior to that he was an officer with the Washington Township (Morris County) PD.

“Scott Agnes began his career with the Wayne Police Department in 1992,” said McNiff. “Scott spent several years in the Patrol Division as well as participating in the Marine Squad before being transferred to the Warrant Squad in 2014. He then became a detective in the Investigative Division in 2018 and was promoted to acting Sergeant in May of this year.”

Sergeant First-Class Scott Agnes was also joined by his family in the front of the Council Chambers for his swearing-in ceremony.