SPRINGFIELD, NJ - In a pair of resolutions at the Springfield Township Committee meeting, the committee accepted the retirement of one Springfield Police Officer, as well as the hiring of another officer to for the department.

Springfield policeman James Morton, who was hired by the department in 2000 announced his retirement after 19 years on the force. He will step down from the police department on Sept. 1, 2019.

As a result of his retirement and the subsequent promotions of officers under him, the township was in need of a new officer. At the request and recommendation of Springfield Police Chief John Cook, the township committee also approved the hiring of Matthew Negron as a probationary officer.

Negron will begin on the Springfield police force starting on Sept. 2, 2019