RARITAN, NJ - Raritan Borough Police Lt. Raymond Nolte has been named Officer in Charge of the department in advance of current police chief Kenneth McCormick’s retirement.

"I'm excited by this," Nolte said. "I feel it's a new chapter, and I'm excited by the challenge."

McCormick’s retirement, which was accepted by the borough council in August, will take effect Feb. 1, 2017.

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At that time, the council will move forward with procedure to appoint a new chief of the department.

Borough administrator Dan Jaxel said the council can choose from a number of options for moving forward with appointing a new chief. He said they could go through an interview process or a testing process, or appoint someone acting chief while conducting interviews.

“No decision has been made yet about what route to take to choose a new chief,” he said.

But Nolte will be in charge of the department itself until McCormick’s official retirement.

Nolte has been serving the Raritan Borough Police Department for just over 21 years.

"I am very fortunate to be in a career and department I have loved for over 21 years," he said. "Not too many people can say they have loved their job for this long. I'm lucky."

Raritan Mayor Charles McMullin said that as of Oct. 20, McCormick is on what is called terminal leave from the department, which will last until Feb. 1.

Jaxel said McCormick had unused sick and vacation days that make it to February when he will officially retire from the department.

McCormick was appointed chief in January 2014, and has been a member of the police department since he was sworn in Jan. 19, 1987. Over the years with the department, he served as officer, detective, sergeant and lieutenant.