SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Police Chief Ted Conley introduced his department's three newest officers at the Tuesday, Jan. 21, Scotch Plains Township Council meeting.

  • Brian Regenthal was born and raised in Scotch Plains and graduated from Scotch Plains Fanwood High School. He started in law enforcement in 2007 for Union County Dept of Corrections (UCDOC) and was also a member of the UCDOC Special Operations Unit. He recently graduated from John H Stamler Police Academy, where he was a squad leader and recipient of the 200 Club Award, a special award for academy recruits. He and his wife Melissa have two daughters, Madison and Avery. 
  • Javier Maldonado is a native of Essex County and a resident of Scotch Plains for over six years. He comes from a distinguished line of public safety officials: his father served as a Newark police officer, and his brother presently serves as a sheriff in California. A number of Javier’s closest childhood friends are police officers who demonstrate the highest standards of lawful conduct in their work. Javier is inspired by the daily burden of responsibility and sacrifice by officers on behalf of the communities they serve.
  • Matthew Lavery has lived his entire life in the Township of Scotch Plains. After graduating from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in 2006, he went on to receive his certification in electrical wiring at the Union County Vo Tech in 2007. For the past ten years, he has done electrical work throughout the state. He and his wife, Nellie, have always referred to Scotch Plains as home. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.