CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham Borough Police Officer Matt Belcastro has resigned to take a detective's position with the Morris County Prosecutor's Office.
The Borough of Chatham Council formally accepted Belcastro's resignation at its virtual meeting held Tuesday evening. There was no news if or when a replacement will be made for the position that officially becomes vacant on Oct. 2.
"He was welcomed and appreciated by the residents of Borough and members of the police department," Chatham Borough Police Chief Brian Gibbons said. "I am disappointed to lose him but happy he is pursuing his dreams with the Morris County Prosecutor's Office. I wish him and his family well in his upcoming endeavors and thank him for his years of service."
Belcastro began his law enforcement career in 2013, taking the alternate route through his Morris County Police Academy.
In 2014, Belcastro received a Meritorious Service Award from the Chatham Borough Police Department for his actions in apprehending a suspect fleeing the HSBC Bank on Main Street.
Belcastro showed off his auto detailing skills at the 2019 Fishawack Car Show with his 1967 Ford Galaxie that he decorated into a classic Chatham Borough Police car (see below).
Chatham Borough Mayor Thaddeus Kobylarz reported that as of Tuesday, Sept. 29, the health officer put the total of Coronavirus infections at 93, up from 76 two weeks ago.
Kobylarz said that 14 Chatham High students had tested positive, 12 as a result of attending a pre-school party and two others as secondary contacts. He said that statewide transmission was at 1.3 percent, leaving it above 1.0 since Sept. 4.
Kobylarz stressed the importance of cooperation with contact tracing and said that the borough would not be collecting names and that the information would be kept confidential.
"Whatever the circumstances, the information will not be shared with borough hall," Kobylarz said. "Please commit to being part of the solution, not part of the problem."
Council president Jocelyn Mathiasen said she remembers growing up during the global AIDs pandemic and hearing from a speaker that the spread of AIDS could be stopped right away.
"We now know enough that we can absolutely stop of the spread of this disease (Coronavirus) today by wearing masks and keeping our distance," she said.