NEWTON, NJ—It was standing room only at the Newton Town Council meeting on Monday, July 17, to witness the swearing in of their new member, Jared Zappa. Zappa was hired to fill the vacancy left by Sgt. Frank Philhower who retired earlier this year.

The 28-year-old was born and raised in Newton. He graduated from Newton High School in 2007 and was a three-sport athlete, captain and lettering in football, wrestling and baseball. His mother Richelle lives in Newton and is also a lifelong resident.

Zappa graduated in the top five percent of his class from the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy in June of 2015. Prior to his graduation he was hired by Morris Township Police, where he has served the past two years as a Patrolman.

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In October of 2016, Zappa took the civil service test for Newton and scored a 99.98 percent, resulting in the number one non-veteran ranking.

Zappa got his bachelor’s degree in Sports Management with a minor in criminology from Rutgers University, graduating Cum Laude Honors in May of 2011.  He is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree.

After graduation, Zappa worked in marketing for a professional sports management agency.  He has always had a great interest in law enforcement, wanting to follow in his father, Lieutenant Mark Zappa’s footsteps. 

Zappa has two brothers; Steven an officer in the US Navy, stationed in Norfolk, Virginia and Cole, a student and baseball player at Sussex County Community College.

Zappa thanked everyone, friends, family, town council, and fellow officers for allowing him this amazing opportunity to join the Newton Police Department.