Montville, NJ – On May 13, Rudolf “Rudy” Appelmann took the Oath of Office as the new Chief of Police for Montville Township.

“You have bestowed upon me the greatest honor I could imagine by giving me the opportunity to lead this department,” Appelmann said after he was sworn-in as Police Chief. “Thank you for your trust, thank you for your confidence and last but not least thank you for this wonderful family and this great town.”

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Appelmann was appointed to the position of Police Chief on May 1, upon the retirement of Richard Cook after his ten years of dedicated service leading the Montville police department.

During his 28 years serving as a Montville Township police officer, Appelmann has consistently been promoted through the ranks during his time on the force and has received many honors, such as Patrolman of the Year in 1990 and receiving an Honorable Service Award from the Parsippany Pplice department in 2002 for apprehending a bank robbery suspect from their jurisdiction.

Appelmann has also served as the Township’s Emergency Management Coordinator for the past ten years.

“I am fortunate over my 28 years to have had two things: a very special family who I love with all my heart to stand by and support me even when I could not be there for them,” Appelmann said. “The second fortune I’ve had is this wonderful group of people you see around this room, the men and women who serve as police officers.  None greater than the men and women of the Montville Township police department.”