SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Borough Council on Monday promoted Police Detective Shaun Clifford to Sergeant, replacing Sergeant James Foran who retired last December.

Sergeant Shaun Clifford is a thirteen year veteran of the South Plainfield Police Department. After graduating from the Somerset County Police Academy, Clifford began his law enforcement career as a patrolman. Clifford was transferred to the police detective bureau where he served as a General Assignment Detective and later a Juvenile Detective.

Sergeant Clifford, a graduate of Stockton University, has received a number of commendations throughout his career including two Honorable Service Medals and three Exceptional Duty Medals.

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Clifford, flanked by his wife Kimberly and children Cameryn, Cassidy and Kevin, was sworn in by Mayor Matthew Anesh and Police Commissioner Joseph Wolak. In addition to his wife and children, Clifford’s father William who is a retired police lieutenant from Union City, his mother Marie were on hand as well as other relatives and a sea of fellow police officers.

“Police hiring’s and promotions are always special days in the Borough,” said South Plainfield Mayor Matthew P. Anesh. “I congratulate Sergeant Clifford on his promotion and distinguished 13 year career and wish him continued success serving the South Plainfield community.”

“I’d like to congratulate you on your promotion and thank you for your 13 years of service to the town,” said South Plainfield Councilman Gary Vesce.”My sincerest wishes and hopes are that you and your fellow officers, when you get up and go to work, for whatever shift it might be, you return home in the same condition safe and sound to your family.”

"Congratulations to Officer Clifford for your past accomplishments and much success for your future endeavors in your new position," said Councilman Wolak. "I know this promotion will help strengthen an already excellent and effective Police Department."