BERNARDS TWP., NJ - Two Bernards Township police officers were promoted within the department on the same week that a longtime lieutenant retired.

By unanimous vote of the Bernards Township Committee last week, Detective Sgt. Scott Ward was promoted to the position of lieutenant, effective April 1. Ward will be paid an annualized salary of $134,907, according to the township resolution.

Officer Kevin Little was also moved up to the position of sergeant by the Township Committee. His promotion was also effective as of last Friday, at an annualized salary of $116,589.

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Lt. Edward "Ted" Reese retired from the department last week, with Thursday, March 31, as his final day. 

Bernards Police Chief Brian Bobowicz said in an email prior to Reese's retirement that the department had received preliminary approval from the township to hire another officer in order to keep staffing at the level of 38 sworn officers.