CALDWELL, NJ -- Mayor John Kelley, members of Caldwell's governing body, residents and colleagues recently recognized two well-respected retiring employees, Deputy Clerk Lisa O’Neill and Police Sgt. Fred Arnold, who accepted proclamations in appreciation of their “dedicated service to the residents of Caldwell.”
O’Neill began working for the borough in 2004 in the police department prior to becoming Deputy Clerk and Deputy Registrar for the borough. It was noted that among her other accolades, O’Neill’s “responsibility, dedication and work ethic serve as an exceptional example for all Borough employees.”
“What makes the Borough of Caldwell special are the people and Lisa O'Neill epitomizes all that is good in our community," said Kelley. "Lisa has seen administrations come and go, and she treats everyone in Borough Hall with respect. As [Business Administrator] Tom Banker said, she represents the highest standards of public service. Lisa is a walking encyclopedia of the borough, and we will miss her terribly."
Banker added that “when people come to town hall, she is the ‘face of the borough’ and they couldn’t have a better image."
"She is capable, warm and welcoming," said Banker. "She knows what to do and who to call. It will be hard for the borough to move on without Lisa.”
Kelley expressed his "complete confidence" that the "two excellent people" who will be filling her role, Brittany Heun and Kim Conlon, will "keep the borough running smoothly as Lisa moves to a new chapter in her life.”
Sgt. Arnold officially retired on Friday, March 6, after joining the Caldwell Police Department in 1996.
Arnold had enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Gulf War in 1991 and served nearly five years with the 101st Airborne Division, the 101st Aviation Battalion and was stationed with his unit participating in Operation Restore in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Since joining the Caldwell Police Department, Arnold assumed many positions, including Patrol Squad Supervisor, Traffic Bureau, Lead Dare Program Liaison and Instructor, Department Training Officer, Fleet Supervisor.
Arnold also worked at the Essex County Police Academy as a drill Instructor and OC instructor. He was promoted to sergeant in November of 2008 and has been recognized with numerous awards and commendations for his exemplary professional performance, including the Unit Citation and the Life Saving Award.
Arnold thanked the residents and administration for their kind words during the ceremony.
“This was 22 years in the making, and this chapter of my life has ended, but I’m looking forward to the new chapter," he said. "I have hopefully served my country and this town with honor and respect and treated the people the way that I wanted to be treated and hopefully I did that for the people of Caldwell.”
Arnold's impact on the community was recently reflected in a clap-out ceremony hosted by students at Caldwell's Trinity Academy. CLICK HERE for the story.