KENILWORTH, NJ - Newly appointed Chief of Police Fred Soos took an oath of office on Monday, March 1 to become the leader of the department after the Town Council unanimously approved a resolution appointing him chief. Soos is the successor of former Chief John Zimmerman, who retired effective March 1, 2021, after leading the KPD for more than seven and a half years. 

Soos who has worked in law enforcement for over 26 years was sworn in by Mayor Linda Karlovitch. Right before the oath of office took place the mayor read the following statement.

“I have full trust that Fred is committed to keeping our Borough safe and a secure place to live and work. No police Chief can be successful without the respect of their officers and the support of their family. Fred has earned this respect and leads with integrity, courage, competence, compassion and respect for his officers and to the community he serves. This position carries with it immense responsibility. The entire department will be looking at you for support and guidance. You were chosen for this position because of your intelligence and fair-mindedness. But mostly because of our upmost trust in your integrity and confidence in your leadership abilities. Since coming into office I have had the great honor of administering the oath of office in several promotion ceremonies. However the promotion of Chief rank takes on an additional dimension. Promotions of this magnitude bring in a new perspective, new thinking, new approaches and new experiences that will shape the Kenilworth Police Department for years to come. Today’s promotion focuses our attention on the department as a whole and our hopes and aspirations for the future. You have my full support and a true partnership as we work together to serve this great community that we love.”

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