ROSELLE, NJ -- Family, friends, and citizens packed the Roselle Borough Hall to celebrate the promotions of four town police officers on Thursday night at the Roselle Borough Meeting. 

Officer Stacey Williams was promoted to Captain, Officer Michael Sojka was promoted to Lieutenant, police officer Victor Conti III was promoted to Sergeant, and officer Woodygens Lespinasse was promoted to Sergeant.

The night began with a musical performance by the Grace Wilday Junior High School students.

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“Tonight, is a joyous occasion for everyone not just for the appointees but for everyone that was acknowledged for what they do,” said Chief of Police Brian Barnes. “My officers are acknowledged for what they do with promotions. My other officers were acknowledged with accommodations along with the fire department and volunteers. This is what we do for the Borough of Roselle.  We do this every day, day in and day out and we will continue to do this for the Borough of Roselle.” 

Barnes was promoted to Police Chief on Jan. 17 becoming the boroughs first African American to be appointed to that position. 

Many were recognized for their bravery and their leadership including the Police Department,  Fire Department, the Office of Emergency Management and Department of Public Works. 

The Agape House of Worship, received a Certificate of Recognition for their large donation to the fire relief fund to help the victims of a fire that displaced families on East Third Ave. a few weeks ago. 

The Roselle Active Seniors were also recognized for their many past and continuing efforts with food and clothing drives, fundraising, and many other charitable contributions. 

A resolution was also passed in recognition of Black History Month. 

*Aaron Little is reporting this story as part of the journalism program at Kean University.

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