Police & Fire

Bernards Police Capt. Shimsky Promoted to New Deputy Chief Position

January 11,2017. Congratulations to Michael Shimsky (left) sworn in today as Deputy Chief of Police, and Pat Monaco (right) sworn in to the position of Assistant Township Administrator. Credits: WFP
Bernards Township Police Capt. Michael Shimsky is due to be sworn into the new departmental position of Deputy Chief of Police on Wednesday, Jan. 11. Credits: File photo by Linda Sadlouskos

BERNARDS TWP. - Police Capt. Michael Shimsky, who also has been the township's Office of Emergency Management coordinator for a decade, was promoted on Tuesday to Deputy Chief of Police, a brand new position within the department.

The Bernards Township Committee approved the promotion at Tuesday night's meeting. Officials said that he is due to be sworn into the new position at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

"Mike Shimsky has been a great servant to the town," said Bernards Deputy Mayor John Carpenter. "He will make an excellent Deputy Chief and will serve as Chief [Brian] Bobowicz' right hand man."

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Shimsky was also reappointed to the position of OEM coordinator, a position he has held for a decade. As OEM coordination, he played an active leadership role while the township was struggling without electricity and with major disruptions to public services during Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

The position of deputy police chief was created last year, and officials on Tuesday said the move to appoint Shimsky as deputy chief within the 38-member department is "succession planning."

The position of deputy police chief is not covered by the local police union, said Township Administrator Bruce McArthur. McArthur said Shimsky will receive an annual raise of about $2,000. The police chief's position, along with that of deputy police chief, are the only police jobs that are not covered by the local PBA contract.

Last May, current Police Chief Bobowicz reminded the Township Committee that he already is four years beyond the standard 25 years of service for police retirements.

The chief said then he had no definite date to retire at that point, but he had been looking ahead to post-retirement opportunities.

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