CHATHAM, NJ - Christopher Slayton was elevated to the rank of Lieutenant by the Chatham Township Police Department and sworn into his new position on Thursday night at the regular meeting of the Chatham Township Committee.

Slayton's promotion filled the void left when Thomas Miller, who recently became the new Chatham Township Police Chief, following the resignation of former chief Steven Hennelly in August.

Slayton came out of the police academy ranked No. 1 academically in his class and joined the Chatham Township Police Department in 2003, moving up the ranks to sergeant and then administrative sergeant. He previously earned a B.A. degree from Rowan University.

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Lt. Slayton also served the Morris County Prosecutor's Office Narcotics Task Force for six months in 2009.

Included in the recognition he has received for his service as a member or the Chatham Township Police force is the Chief's Award for "Outstanding Investigative Performance."

Chatham Township Mayor Curt Ritter speak of Slayton's credentials before his swearing in