UNION, NJ – Two new Union police officers and three promoted officers were sworn into office at Tuesday’s Township Committee meeting. 

“As police commissioner, I’m very proud, as we have a great group of officers to take over leadership roles as well as a few new officers,” said Deputy Mayor Joseph Florio.

Township of Union Clerk Eileen Birch swore in new Union police officers Elijah Carter and Wilson Limage.

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Officer Elijah Carter has lived in Union his entire life.  He attended Union High School and graduated in 2012.  After high school, he attended St. John’s University and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice in 2016.  Carter was previously employed by the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

Wilson Limage has lived in Union for 20 years.  He attended Union High School and graduated in 2006.  He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Berkley College in 2013.  He began his law enforcement career in June 2016 with the Union County Sheriff’s Office.

Lieutenant Christopher Donnelly was promoted to Captain.  Donnelly began his career in law enforcement in 1994 when he was hired as a police officer in Montclair.  During his tenure in Montclair, he received two Commendation Medals for distinguished service.

Donnelly joined the Union Police Department in January 1997.  During his early years, he was assigned to the Patrol Division, Bike Unit, and Street Crimes Unit.  He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2005, assigned to the Patrol Division.  In 2010, he was reassigned as a Street Crimes Unit supervisor.  In March 2015, Donnelly was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and assigned to the Patrol Bureau. 

During his 21 years of service in Union, Donnelly was the recipient of the department’s Medal of Merit, seven Command Citations, three Commendation Medals, the 200 Club Certificate of Merit, New Jersey State Law Enforcement Association’s Meritorious Service Award, nine PBA awards, VFW Officer of the Year Award, and the Essex County Violent Offender Apprehension Award.  He has served on the executive board of the Superior Officer Association since 2007 and currently holds the position of President. 

Donnelly’s older brother Ed is a Union firefighter and currently the State FMBA President.

Police officer Peter Simon was promoted to Sergeant.  Simon graduated from Union High School in 1995 and then attended Union County College where he received an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 1997.  In 1999, he began his career in law enforcement with the Union County Sheriff’s Office before becoming a Union police officer in 2002.

During his tenure with the Union Police Department, Simon was assigned to the Patrol Bureau from 2002-2006.  He was then assigned to the Street Crimes Unit where he worked until 2015.  He was re-assigned to the Detective Bureau in 2015, specifically to the Family Relations and Youth Services Division.  During his 16 years with the Union police, Simon has received numerous departmental and PBA awards including the Medal of Honor and the Union County 200 Valor Award. 

Also promoted to Sergeant was Union police officer Daniel Hanselmann.  Hanselmann was born and raised in Union and graduated from Roselle Catholic in 2003.  He attended Rutgers University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. 

Hanselmann began with the Union police in 2005 when he was a dispatcher and became an officer in 2009.  He has been assigned to both the Street Crimes Unit and the Patrol Unit.  He has been the recipient of multiple awards and commendations from the Union Police Department and the PBA.  He has served on the PBA Board since 2013 and until recently held the position of PBA president.