MILLBURN, NJ — At Tuesday night's Millburn Township Committee meeting, four new officers were sworn in to begin their service to the town.
Andres Herrera, Ryan Griffin, Marcus Dalakian and Justin Ford were all sworn in at the meeting after being presented to the committee by Millburn Police Chief Brian Gilfedder.
Herrera joined the Army national Guard after graduating from Rutgers, and was deployed to Qatar during his time in the service. Herrera previously graduated from the Essex County Police Academy in 2017, working for the county sheriff in 2018. He also worked with the Belleville Fire Department after graduating from the Morris County Fire Academy in 2018.
Griffin worked as an investigator with McNelis Investigation Services from 2014 onward after graduating from High Point University with a degree in criminal justice. He will attend the Morris County Police Academy before officially joining Millburn's police force.
Dalakian has previously worked for the Parsippany Police Department as a full-time dispatcher and a part-time Class II special officer. He also worked as a volunteer firefighter with the Parsippany Fire Department. He will attend the Morris County Police Academy before officially joining Millburn's police force.
Ford served in the Marine Corps after graduating from Mount Olive High School. Ford recently graduated from the New Jersey State Department of Corrections Training academy. He will attend the Morris County Police Academy before officially joining Millburn's police force.
For Millburn Police Chief Brian Gilfedder, the appointment of the four officers was a major help, as they will fill four soon-to-be vacancies created by retirements in the department.
"We were having four retirement and the township committee has always helped us, backed us, and it's great that they were able to appoint these four gentlemen tonight," Gilfedder said.