WEST LONG BRANCH: Families, friends and off duty West Long Branch Police Department officers assembled at borough hall on Wednesday, April 19, to attend the swearing in of a new police officer Patrolman Timothy Hanrahan and the promotion of Sgt. Brian Burton
Police Chief Paul Habermann recommended the two men for Council acceptance and Borough Clerk Lori Cole swore them to their new positions.
Officer Hanrahan began his police career with the Point Pleasant department as a Class ll officer, went through the Ocean County Police Academy and joined the Eversham Township PD, coming to West Long Branch with five years of experience.
The Tinton Falls resident went on to his Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice at East Carolina University. His interests include working closely with community based youth groups.
Sgt. Brian Burton began his career in 2005 before joining West Long Branch in 2007 where he has served in traffic safety and as a field trainer for several of officers in the department, and recently with the detective bureau. His education includes a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, a Master's in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickerson University. He is currently pursuing his doctorate at Seton Hall in Leadership, Management and Policy.
Sgt. Burton has received the 200 Club Service Award for Meritorious service, an Excellent Arrest Citation award for work with a homicide and burglary, a NJ DWI Top Gun award, a Mothers Against Drunk Driving Distinguished award, and a Unit Citation award. He is a Past President and State Delegate of WLB PBA 141.
Other Council matters:
At the council session Mayor Janet Tucci happily announced the return to the bench of Judge Louis Garripo after his illness that had him off the court earlier this year. She also announced the summer events are in the works, with fireworks at Franklin Park. The music this summer will be provided by local musical groups. She reported the Easter Egg Hunt was well attended.
Also, the now Annual Fishing Derby will be held on June 4 at the lake, with stocking to take place soon. They need volunteers, said Councilman Chris Neyhart.
The Ordinance Committee is working on a new vehicle law to address vans and other larger vehicles. More to follow. The pothole situation is under continuous review and work being accomplished as DPW can address the situation.
A resident reported conditions at Conway Park needs attention since people are tossing soda bottles and other garbage around. They also reminded the mayor that it may be the rooster problem of last year is back. Mayor Tucci will handle it personally.