EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -  In a report released this afternoon, Mayor David Stahl announced today that, following a thorough interview process of candidates to replace retiring East Brunswick Police Chief William Krause, Police Captain and Commander of the Investigative Division James Conroy was selected to serve as the Chief of Police, effective January 1, 2016.

“I cannot thank Chief Krause enough for his years of dedicated service to our community,” Stahl said. “He is leaving big shoes to fill, but fortunately we have no shortage of highly qualified candidates within our own ranks to choose from.”

During the selection process, all three East Brunswick police captains were given the opportunity to interview for the position of chief according to the mayor's report.

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“All three of our captains are dedicated law enforcement officers who are all more than qualified for the position of chief,” added Stahl. “Captain James Conroy has dedicated his entire career to keeping East Brunswick safe. With an impressive myriad of professional accomplishments, unique skill set and diverse educational qualifications, he has the experience necessary to make our Police Department more effective and efficient. I look forward to working with him and our exceptional law enforcement officers to continue to make strides to protect our community and residents.”

As noted by the mayor, Conroy served as a patrolman in East Brunswick after he graduated from the Somerset County Police Academy in 1994. He rose through the ranks serving in multiple leadership positions including Field Training Office, Drug Recognition Evaluator, Squad Supervisor, Training Facility Range Master, Station Commander and Commander of Special Operations. He currently serves as the Commander of the Investigative Division.

Conroy also served as a sniper on the SWAT team, is a firearms and rifle instructor and instituted the East Brunswick Police Department’s first Patrol Rifle Program.

He is a decorated officer, receiving the Distinguished Service Award and earning several Letters of Commendation.

He earned a degree in Marketing from Rider University and a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Training and Development from Seton Hall University. Conroy is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and the FBI National Academy, according to official sources. He has recently completed Anti-Terrorism Training with the FBI