MAYOR BOLLWAGE PROMOTES NEW POLICE CHIEF AT SWEARING IN CEREMONY

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MAYOR BOLLWAGE PROMOTES NEW POLICE CHIEF AT SWEARING IN CEREMONY 
 
ELIZABETH, NJ— April 28, 2017— Earlier this afternoon at a ceremony in City Hall Council Chambers, Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, Council President Carlos Torres, Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins-Auguste, Councilman Nelson Gonzalez, Councilman Kevin Kiniery and Councilman William Gallman, along with Municipal and Police Officials, promoted Deputy Police Chief John F. Brennan to Chief of the Elizabeth Police Department.
 
“In his many years with the department, Chief Brennan has proven a dedication to the Elizabeth community and a commitment to ensuring the safety of all residents, businesses and visitors,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. “He possesses the right combination of law enforcement skills and leadership ability to move the department forward. I extend my best wishes for continued success in this new role.”
 
Chief Brennan was hired by the Department as a Police Officer on September 9, 1983.  He was promoted to the rank of Police Sergeant on September 2, 1991; promoted to Police Lieutenant on June 28, 1999 and Police Captain on February 21, 2005.  He achieved the rank of Deputy Police Chief on May 9, 2012.
 
He had previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps from June 1976 to June 1979, achieving the rank of Corporal.  He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve from July 1979 to December 1981.
 
“The Chief of Police should be dedicated, a good person and respected in the Law Enforcement community as well as set the tone for an efficient and effective police force,” said James Cosgrove, Police Director. “Being a boss means giving employees the training and coaching they need, so that they can fulfill the needs of the organization. I have full confidence that Chief Brennan possesses all of these skills and the knowledge it takes to perform the duties of his new position.”
 
The City of Elizabeth is the fourth largest municipality in the State of New Jersey with a population of approximately 125,000 residents. With its close proximity to the entire tri-state area, the Elizabeth Police Department responds to an array of calls, incidents and emergency issues.