MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Committee swore in three new police officers at their May 22 meeting.

Patrolman David J. Chieppa was introduced to the assembly by Police Chief Rudy Appelmann and sworn in by Mayor Rich Conklin.

“David has had a keen interest in law enforcement from an early age,” Appelmann told the assembly. “With several family members in law enforcement, he has always pursued activities relevant to his passion.”

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Chieppa is an avid shooter and outdoorsman, excelling in the areas of shotgun and rifle marksmanship, archery, and wilderness survival, and earning several Boy Scout merit badges in these categories, Appelmann said. He was nominated by his peers to be a team captain for Verona Troop 2’s participation in the annual Boy Scouts Klondike derby, Appelmann said.

“While attending middle school, David was handpicked to attend the Essex County Junior Police Academy,” Appelmann said. “While attending high school, he was selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Defense, Intelligence, and Diplomacy in Washington, D.C. During the forum’s large-scale tabletop exercise, he was tasked with acting as the commander of the US military’s Special Operations Command.”

According to Appelmann, Chieppa is a second degree black belt and certified instructor in taekwondo. He has competed in local, state, and national tournaments, and has received numerous gold medals throughout his career.

Chieppa graduated from William Paterson University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and went on to the Homeland Security Master’s program offered by Fairleigh Dickinson University.

“In addition to his academic coursework, he has attended the Port Awareness and Response training course hosted by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force,” Appelmann said. “David remains committed to the mission of public safety through his dedication to the field of law enforcement.”

Daniel T. Cooney

“Daniel has always done his part in serving his community,” Appelmann said. “He found an early start to it with the Montville Township Police Explorers, which he spent eight years with. Daniel attended three national Explorer competitions and the police Explorer academy, both with the Montville post. With the Explorers, Daniel quickly learned what it took to become a police officer as well as the process to becoming a police officer.”

Cooney is a graduate of Montville Township High School Class of 2015. At MTHS, he played four years of lacrosse and football. After graduating Daniel attended the New Jersey Institute of Technology, where he is currently studying accounting in the Martin Tuchman School of Management. At NJIT, Daniel played Division 1 lacrosse as a defenseman for two seasons. He plans to finish his degree while with the Montville Township Police Department, according to Appelmann.

Cooney was sworn in by his uncle, retired police officer and current Deputy Mayor, Frank Cooney.

Joe LoGrasso

“Joe has been a lifelong Montville resident for 29 years and graduated from Montville Township High School in 2007 where he played lacrosse, ran cross country, and was a varsity wrestler,” Appelmann told the assembly. “He joined the Towaco Fire Department in 2005 as a junior firefighter, became a full member in 2007, and is still active today.”

LoGrasso was also a member of the Montville Police Explorers Post 805 in 2003 through 2006, achieved the rank of sergeant, and attended a national competition with the post in Flagstaff, Arizona. After graduating high school, he went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2011. He has worked in a variety of fields since graduating, from ministry as a youth pastor to the private sector as a licensed mortgage advisor, Appelman said.

LoGrasso was sworn in by Conklin.

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