PEAPACK AND GLADSTONE, NJ -- The Peapack and Gladstone Borough Council recently appointed a new Special Officer Class II.

In response to the police department's expressed need for a Special Officer Class II, the council appointed Michael Calafiore as a probationary Special Officer Class II at a rate of $20 per hour. His hiring became effective on Aug. 5.

The police department recommended Calafiore's hiring. Class II Special Officers are given much of the training given to a regular police officer, including firearms training, but operate in a part-time role within a municipality.

The Borough Council also passed a resolution approving the appointment of Daniel W. Frascella III as alternate public defender for the shared municipal court of Peapack-Gladstone, Bernardsville and Bedminster.