RARITAN TWP., NJ – Next time you see Kevin Donovan of the township’s Police Department, don’t call him lieutenant.

That’s because he’s a captain now.

The post has been vacant for so long – about a decade, Chief Glenn Tabasko told officials – that Township Committee had to pass a resolution to allow the promotion.

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The chief said that the promotion will allow the department to catch up on administrative duties.

Donovan started with the department in 1993. Tabasko recalled that as a sergeant in the Detective Bureau at the time, he did the pre-employment background investigation that led to Donovan’s being hired.

Donovan was promoted to sergeant in 2001. When Tabasko was promoted to chief in 2007, “The absolutely first thing I did, was to promote Kevin to lieutenant,” Tabasko told the Committee at its March 7 meeting. “The key to running a successful department is to surround yourself with competent people, the best you can find. And Kevin is undoubtedly the best.”

Donovan comes from a law enforcement family, Tabasko said. His father was a retired Plainfield police officer; his stepfather Dennis Powers retired from Bridgewater police.

Tabasko said all of the officers in his department support Donovan’s promotion.

At the ceremony, Donovan was joined by his wife Donna and sons Ryan and Jack.

With the promotion comes a 4.4 percent raise to an annual salary of $151,762.