MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Before an overflow crowd, two members of the police force who received promotions in Juy were administered the Oath of Office at Tuesday's Township Committee (TC) meeting.
Captain Albert Frederick Sally was promoted to the newly created position of Deputy Chief of Police, and Sergeant Kevin Peter Kisch was promoted to the position of Captain.
Immediately following introductory comments by Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca, Township Clerk Elizabeth Fritzen administered the Oath of Office to Deputy Chief Albert Frederick Sally, who was accompanied by his family; his daughter holding the bible on which Sally took the oath.
After thanking each member of the TC, Sally said “I am very proud to have become not only the First Deputy Chief, but the first African-American to have reached a command position in the Maplewood Police Department."
Sally thanked Chief Chief Jim DeVaul for his leadership and reorganization of the department. as well as both Captain Kisch and Captain Dawn Williams for their support and effectiveness.
Fritzen next administered the Oath of Office to Kisch, who was accompanied by his wife and daughter, who held the bible for him while he took the oath.
Kisch thanked all for his promotion, and thanked DeVaul for his leadership, vision and guidance.
"We will always strive to give Maplewoodians and all visitors the service and support they deserve," said Kisch.
Kisch thanked Williams for her friendship and noted how difficult a position in Internal Affairs can be. Kisch said that he greatly values the Maplewood Middle School students and Columbia High School students who let him into their lives, adding that it "reaffirmed what it is to be a police officer."
" I look forward to doing things the proper way and caring about each individual person as they deserve and to serve the officers of the department," said Kisch.