MILLBURN, NJ – Mayor Robert Tillotson presided over the swearing-in of five new police officers at town hall. Police Chief Brian Gilfedder introduced the new officers and their families as township clerk Christine Gatti officiated their oaths of office.
The five officers, two of who were swore in last month, join the department from private and public law enforcement to include sheriff’s and state corrections divisions. Four of the officers have also served active duty in the Army and still serve in the Army National Guard.
Officers Dennis Shanahan and Michael O’Neill were sworn-in in November and Officers Erick Recinos, Gregory Crawn and Matthew Wichelns were sworn-in in December.
“I wanted to be a part of a town and community,” said Officer Shanahan, who is also currently serving as a Second Lieutenant in the Army National Guard, when asked why he decided to leave the sheriff’s department.” Officer O’Neill, also a Guardsman and from the sheriff’s department, offered similar sentiments.
The new officers join the ranks of 54 officers and 40 personnel who provide 24-hour protection and service to the residents of Millburn Township.