BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ Following a search to fill three vacancies on the Bernards Township police department, two new police officers are scheduled to be sworn in at this Tuesday's Township Committee meeting. A third patrol officer is also scheduled to be hired that night.
The two officers on the agenda to officially join the force at the June 11 meeting are Nicholas Dante, currently an officer with the Somerset County Sheriff's Office and Dustin Lopez, a recent graduate of the Camden County Police Academy, Police Chief Michael Shimsky said earlier this week.
A third patrol officer also was chosen, Shimsky said earlier this week. Although he is not due to be sworn in on Tuesday, Alec McCrea is on the agenda to be hired that night. McCrea is a recent graduate of the Morris County Police Academy, Shimsky said in an email.
Department chain of command revised after planned retirement of Deputy Chief
The third vacancy on the force was created when it was announced that Deputy Police Chief Michael Voorhees is due to retire effective July 1 following 26 years as a township police officer.
Last month, the Township Committee voted to eliminate the Deputy Chief position, created when Shimsky was filling that role.
With that position to be cut, a fourth lieutenant position will be added to the department, Shimsky said. Promotions for that position have not yet been announced, he said.
Currently, the department's three lieutenants are Michael Sweeney, Patrol Division Commander, Eric Geleta, Services Division Commander, and Jon Burger, Detective Division Commander, Shimsky said.
The fourth lieutenant, yet to be named, will be in charge of the Professional Standards Division and will oversee some of the functions the Deputy Chief's position had, Shimsky said in the email.