SPRINGFIELD, NJ — At Tuesday night's Springfield Township Committee Meeting, the Springfield Police Department ceremonially swore in Foster Zeigler as a detective on the force.

With his family and friends watching, Zeigler took the oath of office, sworn in by the mayor. He was then pinned with his badge by his family, before a short summation of his work during his time in the department.

As Springfield Police Chief John Cook noted, Zeigler has been with the department since 2007, when he was first hired as a patrol officer. He held that role until 2015, when he was assigned as an investigator in the detective bureau.

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Zeigler's promotion from his previous rank of Corporal had been recommended by Cook to the township committee, which approved the measure, effective Feb. 11 with a unanimous vote.

"It means a lot," Zeigler said after the meeting. "Working with the guys in this department is top-notch. And working in the detective bureau, like the chief said, we do have a tight-knit group. So it feels good."

Zeigler also said that it felt great to keep serving the residents of Springfield, just in a slightly different aspect than he had previously been doing.