Government

Chatham Township Swears in New Officer; Committee Passes Resolution on Cuba Relations

39ea0aab7d287e3eb55c_DSCN4991.JPG
Matthew Smedberg is sworn in as a new police officer by Mayor Kevin Sullivan Credits: TAP Chatham
629b5ba061b3475d8f1b_DSCN4990.JPG
Matthew Smedberg is the newest member of the Chatham Township Police Department Credits: TAP Chatham
7b99de318f70fbecc3b5_DSCN4988.JPG
Chatham Township Police Chief Steven Hennelly gave a report on accreditation Credits: TAP Chatham
39ea0aab7d287e3eb55c_DSCN4991.JPG

CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham Township Committee used the occasion of the swearing in of a new Probationary Police Officer to pass a resolution opposing normalization of relations with Cuba until convicted Felon Joanne Chesimard is extradited to the United States.

Chesimard was convicted of murdering New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in 1973. Chesimard, now going by the name of Assata Shakur, fled to Cuba after escaping from prison in the 1970s and has been on the FBI's "Most Wanted" list ever since. Chesimard had been sentenced to life in prison.

"As we think about this, particularly when we swear in a new officer tonight, police officers are putting their lives on the line every day and we don't like to think these things, certainly in this town, can happen," Mayor Kevin Sullivan said. "But we are a country of the rule of law and we see what happens when we dismiss the law what can happen. Certainly, if they want to normalize relations with Cuba, they should turn over and extradite this killer."

Sign Up for E-News

Sullivan read the resolution into the record before the swearing in of Matthew Smedberg as a new Probationary Officer. Smedberg's hiring gives the Chatham Township Police Department a full contingent of 21.

"Be it resolved the township committee call on Congress and the President of the United States of America, to oppose normalizing relations with Cuba until such time Joanne Chesimard is extradited," Sullivan said.

The resolution was supported by the Chiefs of Police Association.

Smedberg, who earned a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice from Seton Hall University in 2009, is a recent graduate of the Morris County Police Academy. The 28-year-old from Rockaway was the captain of the baseball team at Seton Hall University as a center fielder.

He went on to play professional baseball with the Independent League's River City Rascals of Missouri before turning to law enforcement. Smedberg worked as a dispatcher for the Ramsey Police Department before coming to Chatham. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Chatham

Upcoming Events

Tue, July 17, 10:00 AM

Healing the Children, new providence

Summit Old Guard

Giving Back

Fri, August 10, 6:00 PM

Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, Madison

Downtown Concert Series: Mama D & The Vexations

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_8ab0795d7266f1cbd501_9f7a7a4ff4becf97e74c_regwalk_skyrw_9.30.18_email-1

Sun, September 30, 8:00 AM

College of Saint Elizabeth, Morristown

Walk to Fight Alzheimer's

Giving Back Health & Wellness

A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, July 9 – Sunday, July 15, 2018

Please note that the library will be closed on Sundays now through Labor Day weekend

PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

Our summer program is in full swing.  This week we are starting some of our most popular children’s programs, Chess for Kids and sewing classes with Miss Polly.  Children will also enjoy a visit from a special guest, Queen Maria Isabella from Medieval Times.  Teens ...

Longtime Chatham Resident Passes the Torch to Current Residents

July 13, 2018

To the Editor,

I moved to Chatham from Ohio in 1961 and left just over a year or so ago. My daughters went through the school system and one of them still lives there with her son.

Clearly, we found the Library and local educational opportunities to our liking. 

When it came to giving back to the community, I chose to support the Library and served as a Board member for 15 ...

Chatham Residents Corry, Garavente, Myler, Radigan and Robbins are 2018 Graduates of Loyola University Maryland

July 14, 2018

BALTIMORE, MD -- Loyola University Maryland recognized the class of 2018 at its 166th Commencement Exercises on May 19, 2018, which included Chatham residents Bridget Corry, who received a BA degree in Communication; Elizabeth Garavente, who received a BBA degree in Business Administration; Jacqueline Myler, who received a BA degree in Communication; Leigh Radigan, who received a ...

5 Simple Ways to Save Water this Summer

According to the L.A. Times, the average American uses an estimated 98 gallons of water EACH day.  

Here are five simple ways you can save water, to help you conserve water this summer and take some pressure off of your drains.

1. Unless you are using it, turn the faucet off. How many of us still leave the water running while we shave or brush our teeth?According to ...