UNION, NJ – Three Union police officers took the oath of office at Tuesday night's Township Committee meeting for their new rank within the department.

  • Sergeant Thomas Florio was promoted to Lieutenant
  • Police Officer Juan Vargas was promoted to Sergeant
  • Police Officer George Moutis was promoted to Sergeant

Lieutenant Thomas Florio:

Township Committeeman and Police Commissioner Joseph Florio (no relation) said Lt. Florio began in the Union Police Department in January 2000.  He graduated from Queen of Peace High School in 1991.  Prior to coming to the Union Police Department, Florio was employed as a Hudson County Sheriff’s Officer from 1997 to 2000.

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Committeeman Florio said throughout his career with the Union Police Department, Lt. Florio held numerous assignments including with the Street Crimes Tact Unit and Emergency Response Team.  He has received specialized training to be recognized as a physical training instructor.  Florio was promoted to sergeant on February 24, 2015. 

Throughout his career, Florio received numerous honors and recognitions including a New Jersey State PBA Award and the Union County 200 Award, a Medal of Honor award, three Medal of Merits, three Commendation Medals, seven Command Citations, 19 PBA Awards, a Mayor’s Recognition Award, a Saint Barnabas Recognition Award and a New Jersey Law Enforcement Officers Award.

Sergeant Juan Vargas:

Vargas was appointed to the Township of Union Police Department in July 2004, where he was assigned to the Patrol Division and then Staff Services.  He graduated from Our Lady of Good Counsel in Newark in 1991.  Upon graduating, Vargas enlisted in the Army Reserves in from 1991 to 1999, becoming a nuclear biological chemical operations specialist.

Vargas attended Monmouth University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice in 1996.  Prior to joining the Union Police Department, Vargas was a domestic violence probation officer in Middlesex County from 2002-2004.

Vargas was awarded a Letter of Commendation and Appreciation in 2017 for assistance with a medical emergency on a pedestrian stop.  Throughout his career in union, Vargas held numerous assignments and positions including being on loan to the Union County Narcotics Strike Force for one year, a fatal crash investigator, a Police Explorer advisor, training officer, systems administrator for the special needs ID program, and organizer for the Autism Awareness fundraiser.

Sergeant George Moutis 

Moutis was appointed to the Union Police Department in July 1994.  He graduated from Union High School in 1991.  Upon graduating, he attended Union County College majoring in criminal justice, then transferred to John Jay College.

Moutis was promoted to the rank of detective in 2001 serving in the family relations and youth services bureau.  He has been the recipient of numerous letters of appreciation from other law enforcement agencies and local business.