MONTCLAIR, NJ - A swearing-in ceremony was held Monday, September 23 in Municipal Council Chambers to promote seven police officers:

William Kagan and David O’Dowd were promoted to the status of Captain, Christopher Locklear and Dean Berardi were promoted to the status of Lieutenant, Benjamin Campos and Stephen Sobers became Sergeants, and Sean Verbist successfully completed his probationary period to achieve full status in the force. Deputy Municipal Clerk Juliet Lee administered the Oath of Office.

The Police Department Honor Guard began the ceremony, marching to the dais.

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Captains

William Kagan joined the Department in 1997. He has served in the Narcotics Bureau as a Detective and Bureau Commander and has worked as a Sergeant in the Detective Bureau. William will be assigned to the Patrol Division as a Captain.

Dave O’Dowd joined the Department in 1999. He has a B.A. from Thomas Edison College. He has served as a detective in the Detective and Narcotics bureaus. Dave has also worked as a Sergeant in the Juvenile Bureau and as the Detective Bureau Commander. He was a member of the Critical Response Team and is the Department’s Firearms Range Master. Dave will remain in his current assignment as the Department’s Professional Standards Commander.

Lieutenants

Christopher Locklear joined the Department in 1998.  He holds an Associate’s degree from Raritan Valley Community College. Chris has been a Detective in the Detective Bureau and has served as a Field Training Officer for the Department. He will be assigned to the Patrol Division as a Lieutenant.

Dean Berardi joined the Department in 2007. He earned his B.A. from Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Dean served as a Field Training Supervisor for the Department and spent many years in the Traffic Bureau. He also is a part of the accreditation team. Dean will remain in his current assignment in the Support Services Bureau as a Lieutenant.

Sergeants

Stephen Sobers joined the Department in 2009. He earned a B.A. from Montclair State University. Steve has been a Detective in the Detective Bureau and has spent many years as a member of the Department’s Honor Guard. He will be assigned to the Patrol Division as a Sergeant.

Benjamin Campos joined the Department in 2004. He holds a degree law from Pace Law School. During his tenure with the Department he has been with the Patrol Division. Ben serves as a Firearms instructor and is part of the accreditation team. He will be assigned to the Patrol Division as a Sergeant.

Probationary to Full Status

Sean Verbist is a Montclair State University graduate. He worked for the Randolph police department for five years and was a Montclair Police Dispatcher from 2012-13.

The Township extends its sincerest congratulations to the newly-promoted officers.

Pictured (L-R): Officer Sean Verbist, Captain William Kagan, Captain Dave O'Dowd, Lieutenant Christopher Locklear, Chief Todd Conforti, Lieutenant Dean Berardi, Sergeant Stephen Sobers, Sergeant Benjamin Campos, Deputy Chief Wilhelm Young.