GREEN BROOK, NJ - The Township of Green Brook and Green Brook Police Department announced the appointment of a new Chief of Police, staff promotions and the hiring of a new officer on Monday.
During the Township Committee Meeting on June 18, a swearing-in ceremony was performed by Mayor Patrick Boccio in the municipal courtroom, during which Samuel J. Caramela was sworn in as the Green Brook Police Department’s newest Chief of Police effective July 1. Chief Caramela, a 27 year veteran of the department, previously served as Captain under Chief G. Christopher Kurz, who will be retiring on June 30 after serving with the department for 28 and a half years, four as Chief.
In addition to the appointment of Chief Caramela, Lieutenant William Coward, a 17 year veteran of the department was promoted to Captain, Sergeant Shawn Snyder, a 23 year veteran of the department was promoted to Lieutenant, and Officer Christopher Dill, an 18 year veteran of the department was promoted to Sergeant.
Also sworn in was Green Brook’s newest officer Officer Casey Annuzzi, who formerly served with both the Middlesex and Somerset County Sherriff’s departments.
Before the promotions took place, Chief Kurz gave the room, packed with friends, family and guests including Somerset County Prosecutor Michael Robertson, a brief work history of each of the officers being promoted and expressed his full confidence in them, adding about Caramela, “What I respect most about Chief Caramela is that he shares the same values in leadership, ethics and community-policing as I do that are so critical to successfully leading a police department in today’s age. He is an outstanding person, and I consider it a privilege to be able to turn command of the Green Brook Police Department over to his direction because I know he will continue the mission of making this department the best it can be”.
Mayor Boccio also expressed his confidence in the officers and Chief Caramela, noting that the township had an “outstanding” police department and that their work was always appreciated.
After his swearing in, Chief Caramela first gave thanks to family and friends for their support of the officers, and to the Township Committee for their support of the department. He then stated “To the officers of the Green Brook Police Department, it has been an honor to serve with you as your Captain, and I look forward to continuing our success as Chief of Police”. Chief Caramela finally stated regarding the retiring Chief, “Chief Kurz, through his vision and hard work, has taken us in four years what most could accomplish in ten, and I am proud to have served as his second in command and to call him a friend”.