RARITAN TWP., NJ – He started at the bottom, but is retiring from the top.

After a lengthy career in law enforcement, township Police Chief Glenn Tabasko has retired.

Tabasko graduated from Middlesex County Police Academy in December, 1977, Mayor Michael Mangin said last night as Township Committee accepted his retirement. Tabasko began his law enforcement career with the South Amboy Police Department in 1977, moving to the Clinton Township Police Department and then Flemington Police before being hired here in 1980 as a patrol officer.  

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In 1987, he was promoted to the rank of detective, then rose through the ranks to Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant and in 2000, Captain.

On April 1, 2007, he was appointed Chief of Police, Mangin said.

Tabasko holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services, a Master of Arts degree in Professional Education, and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy.

Mangin noted Tabasko received many awards and honors during his career.

Township Committeeman Gary Hazard called him “a good friend” and Deputy Mayor Karen Gilbert said she was honored to work with him when she was mayor and that “he always put the township first.”

Committeeman Lou Reiner said he did ‘tremendous work for the township” and Committeeman Craig O’Brien voted to accept the retirement, but only begrudgingly.

The mayor’s voice seemed to break when he said, “I want to thank him for his service for 38 years.”