SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains police department celebrated the promotions of two new sergeants -- Jason Everitt and Mark Lynch -- at the Scotch Plains Township Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Jason Everitt is a 1995 graduate of Linden High School. After graduation, he continued his education at New Jersey City University, where he majored in criminal justice and played for the university baseball team. Prior to graduation, he was offered a spot in the John H Stamler Police Academy via the Alternate Route program. He was initially hired by the Fanwood police department in September 2000.  

In October 2002, Sgt Everitt resigned from Fanwood and accepted the job with the Scotch Plains police department.  He served with the Union-Essex auto theft task force for over 7 years as part of a group that located and recovered stolen motor vehicles. He also served as a detective with the Union County Homicide Task Force for two and a half years.  

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Sgt Everitt and his wife, Mary, have three children: Aaron, Tabitha and Ethan. 

Mark Lynch was born and raised in Fanwood and attended Bishop George Ahr High School in Edison, and graduated in 1997. After high school, Sgt. Lynch attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY, and graduated in May 2001 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice. In July 2001, he was accepted into the Alternate Route program at the John H. Stamler Police Academy and graduated in December 2001.

Upon graduation, Sgt. Lynch was hired by the Springfield police where he worked as a patrolman from 2001 to 2003 until being was hired by the Scotch Plains police department. During his tenure as a patrolman, Sgt. Lynch was a Field Training Officer from 2004 to 2007. He also participated in the Adopt-A-Cop program and was assigned to Coles Elementary School. Sgt. Lynch served as a liaison between the school and the police department, as well as conducting 911 and school safety discussions for Grades 1 through 4. He worked as a patrolman until 2007.

In October 2007, Sgt. Lynch was assigned to the Union County Narcotics Strike Force at the Union County Prosecutor’s Office. He worked undercover with several other detectives conducting narcotics investigations, surveillance, executing search warrants, and conducting undercover buys. In August 2008, he was assigned to the Detective Bureau. His responsibilities included investigating all crimes such as burglary, robbery, fraud, sexual assaults, and theft.  Sgt. Lynch also conducted firearms background investigations and served as the liaison to the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey State Police for Megan’s Law Offenders.

In April 2017, Sgt. Lynch received the Knights of Columbus Shield Award for his involvement with the investigation and arrest of a burglary suspect who committed over 25 burglaries in the Union County area. Additionally, he has been very involved with the Scotch Plains Fanwood High School, where for several years he has conducted discussions with sophomore and junior classes about drug and alcohol abuse and driving. He participated in National Night Out from 2004 to 2010 and instructed cadets at the Scotch Plains Police Department Junior Police Academy on crime scene processing.

Sgt. Lynch and his wife, Lori, have two daughters: Jillian and Allyson.    

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