LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Livingston Police Department (LPD)welcomed one new officer and another was honored for a recent accomplishment during Monday’s township council meeting.
Trevor Tironi, a Denville resident and Morris Knolls High School alumnus, was officially sworn in as the LPD’s newest officer.
Chief Gary Marshuetz explained that after a lengthy selection process that included months of exams, interviews and more, Tironi emerged as the top candidate out of 153 hopefuls. Marshuetz said that this was especially impressive, as Tironi was simultaneously enrolled in the Morris County Police Academy as an alternate route candidate, meaning that he paid his own way through the academy because he was not being sponsored by a specific township.
“Trevor was going through this selection process in Livingston while also putting himself through the police academy,” said Marshuetz. "Financially, this is a big decision because there's health insurance involved, and he basically took a big step and a big chance by putting himself through the police academy.”
After Tironi was established as Livingston’s top candidate, the chief discovered that other departments were also showing interest in him as well. But after he and others told Tironi how special Livingston is and how its police officers typically serve on the force for 30-plus years, "Trevor chose [Livingston] as much as [Livingston] chose Trevor,” Marshuetz said.
Tironi earned a finance degree from Montclair State University, where he also played ice hockey as a goalie. He currently serves as an assistant ice hockey coach to the teams at both of his alma maters. For two years after college, Tironi worked at the Morris County prosecutor's office.
With a grandfather who has retired as a lieutenant in Denville and an uncle who retired from the New Jersey State Police, Tironi comes from a family of law enforcement officers. He currently lives in Denville with his mother, Noelle, and his brother, Dante.
Also honored on Monday was Officer Kevin Mullaney from the LPD’s Community Policing Unit, who was recently named Crime Prevention Officer of the Year by the Essex County Crime Prevention Association.
“This is a phenomenal honor,” said Mayor Al Anthony. “If you haven't met Kevin yet, he’s a joy on the police department, he’s always smiling and he brings great morale to our community policing.
“Kids love you, parents love you and you do a tremendous job…I know that you're in a position that was a longtime dream of yours, and it shows. It's an honor to stand up here with you and to have you on our police department.”
The Livingston Township Council presented Mullaney with a plaque honoring him for his work on writing threat assessments and emergency operation plans as well as conducting security drills with all of Livingston's schools and houses of worship, the library, the community center and more.
The mayor also thanked Mullaney for the partnerships he has formed with hundreds of community members through his position as a community policing officer and a SWAT officer—“all of which he does to improve the quality of life in our township,” said Anthony.
Mullaney thanked the council the department, the community, township employees, his family and his girlfriend, Alyssa, for supporting him and for giving him the opportunity to serve Livingston.