Three Hazlet Police Department officers were promoted to management and front-line supervisory positions at the Township Committee meeting Tuesday night.
“Management is something we can’t do without. It’s a team effort and I’m excited to have our newest group with us, steering us in the right direction and getting things done that need to get done,” said Police Chief Philip Meehan after officers received their new badges and posed for celebratory photos with their proud families.
Officer Vincent Quinn was promoted to Lieutenant and will now be paid an annual base salary of $122,992.59; William Marvel and Robert Dickens were promoted to Sergeant at annual base salaries of $116,069.34.
All three are lifelong Hazlet residents who reside in the township with their families.
According to information shared at the ceremony:
Quinn is a 1990 Raritan High School graduate who spent his first two years at the Sheriff’s Department before joining Hazlet. During the span of his career, he’s worked as a detective and patrol divisions, and has had responsibility for juvenile matters, Megan’s Law and arson investigations. Since 2017, he has been responsible for overseeing the newly-formed narcotics unit, general investigations and as being a liaison to the drug treatment program, Hazlet’s Hope.
Marvel began his career with Hazlet starting as a dispatcher in 2000 and was quickly hired as a police officer after graduating from the academy. He has served as a field training officer, and is also a radar and OC instructor. He was certified as a drug recognition expert in 2016 and is currently on the Monmouth County DWI Task Force.
Dickens joined the Hazlet Police Dept. in 2013 after graduating from the police academy and three years’ work as a county corrections officer. He became a Field Training officer in 2015. The following year he finished training at the Morris County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit Training Academy, completing Top Dog and Handler Team. He is currently a K-9 handler with K-9 Bane.
Chief Meehan thanked the Township Committee, borough officials and the community. “Without your continued support of our agency, we wouldn’t be able to provide that service that the community has and continue to move forward in what we’re doing.”