NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A city police captain with nearly 27 years on the force will now serve as deputy chief, the first person to hold that position in the department in more than 30 years.

City officials today announced that Vincent Sabo, the executive officer of the department, was promoted to the deputy's post on Jan. 8, 2019.

“Deputy Chief Sabo is a trusted senior member of our team of NBPD supervisors," Mayor Jim Cahill said in a statement. "His new role will allow us to better streamline command and oversight of our police department, which is now staffed at its highest level ever,” Cahill said.

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Appointing a deputy chief, Cahill said in a statement, created a new structure in the department’s chain of command and adds another level of supervision to our police operations.

City police Director Anthony Caputo called Sabo, “the right person for the position."

"His vast knowledge and experience in law enforcement and community policing will continue to benefit the city, and I am confident his leadership will continue a long tradition of excellence in providing professional police service,” Caputo said

Last month city council members passed a salary ordinance that included a salary range for the rank of deputy. The ordinance set the range at $78,000 to $182,000.

This was included in the salary even though there was no deputy chief and the department had not had anybody in that position since at least the late 1980s. When the ordinance was passed, the mayor's office said the ordinance eliminated inconsistancies between management salaries and the city's administrative code concerning the police department's management staff.

City officials on Wednesday did not immediately respond to an email request Sabo's salary. No information about his Jan. 8 promotion was released until today.