LIVINGSTON, NJ — In an unofficial announcement on Monday night, Livingston Township Manager Barry Lewis expressed his intention to appoint Gary Marshuetz, formerly a captain and the current acting chief of the Livingston Police Department (LPD), as the LPD Chief of Police upon Craig Handschuch’s official retirement on Sept. 1.

As Marshuetz’s promotion will create vacancies in a number of other positions within the department, Lewis said he felt the need to announce his decision as soon as possible, and added that his selection would likely “not come as a big surprise” to most.

“I just can’t say enough about the good reports and the unanimous support that Gary has in the community,” said Lewis. “I’ve been incredibly impressed with him in his role both before and since taking over as acting chief. I’m convinced, having met with a number of members of the department, that he has the full respect of the department as well. I think we’re in good hands.”

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He added that he has not only gotten a good impression of Marshuetz first-hand, but also from the governing body, township employees, other department members and members of the public as well.

In explanation of his somewhat early announcement, Lewis stated that although it is the township manager’s responsibility to fill the captain position left behind by Marschuetz and any vacancies caused by subsequent promotions, he felt that it would be important for the new chief to be a part of the decision process.

During Monday’s council conference meeting, Mayor Ed Meinhardt said that not only does the council think this is a great choice for chief, but that he is confident the public will feel the same way.

More information about Marshuetz and his appointment will be provided in the coming days. Once this appointment becomes effective on Sept. 1, the council will host an official swearing-in ceremony during a future council meeting.

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