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Two Sworn In to Point Borough Police Department

Council also approves bonds for water, sewer work

Beginning today, the Point Pleasant Police Department will have two new full-time officers in its ranks.

The Point Pleasant Borough Council on Tuesday night approved the hiring of Jeffrey C. Johnson and Ryan Barker as police officers.

The police officers will earn a starting salary of 34,944 increasing to 37,440 after the first six months, said Councilman Mitch Remig.

The hiring of the two brings the department to 30 officers, Police Chief Larry Williams said. "We're still down six officers," he said.

Johnson, 21, and Barker, 25, both took the state's civil service test in fall 2010, with Johnson scoring a 99.5 and Barker close behind, Williams said, "so they are the best candidates."

Both officers have been through the police academy, graduating in 2010, and have been working elsewhere while they waited for full-time positions, Johnson in Lakehurst part-time and Barker as a special officer in Point Beach.

"We really look forward to working with them," Williams said. 

The officers, who were born and bred in the Borough, are also current residents and said working in their hometown was a priority.

"I definitely have a connection to this town," Barker said. "I look forward to being here."

Johnson, who was a Police Explorer in high school, said he has dreamed of being a police officer his whole life.

"I couldn't do a job where I was stuck sitting at a desk every day," he said. "I love just stopping and talking to people."

"As a police officer, you're not just a police officer; you're a lawyer and a doctor, and an accountant, too," he said. "I look forward to helping people."

In other business:

The council approved bond ordinances to fund three separate water and sewer projects, as well as a resolution giving notice that the borough will apply for funding through the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust that is expected to cover as much as 75 percent of the cost of the largest of the three projects.

One ordinance authorized spending $210,405, bonding for $199,885 to complete work on the water tower construction at well No. 5.

A second approved spending nearly $900,000 on storm drainage improvements in the area of Powhatan Avenue.

The third authorized spending of more than $2 million on replacement of the sanitary sewer pumping station, which borough officials say has long outlived its useful life cycle.

It's the third project Business Administrator David Maffei expects will be eligible for grant funding through the infrastructure trust program. The bond ordinance passed last night "sets up a spending mechanism to charge bills," he said.

Mayor William Schroeder said when he and Maffei met with representatives from the infrastructure trust, it was as if they were selling a timeshare.

"They need applications because they have money to lend," Schroeder said.

As much as 75 percent of the cost will be covered by a no-interest loan from the state, and the borough does not have to begin paying until the work is complete.

DBD March 10, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Mr. Wilde, Can you not appreciate Patrolman Johnson's enthusiasm in his new position and recognize the point he was trying to make without engaging in your sarcastic over analysis? Surely, even you must realize that the role of a police officer often leads to the delivery of services not traditionally associated with "law enforcement". Apparently not so I will lay it out for you, medical diagnosis and treatment, providing legal advice, investigation of financial crimes such as embezzlement and fraud. Hmmmm, do these sound like activities often associated with doctors, lawyers and accountants? Perhaps Patrolman Johnson isn't so "crazy" after all. Lighten up and be glad we have young men and women such as Johnson and Barker eager to serve their communities despite the cynicism and criticism that comes from the likes of you before they even have a chance to don their uniforms. God bless and watch over each and every one of them!
Oscar Wilde March 10, 2012 at 05:58 PM
and you didnt answer the question.....you said they were well educated.....if they are well educated , where did they receive their college degrees from ????
veritas March 20, 2012 at 07:08 AM
For a 21 year old who has served his community for the past 6 years in the area of emergency services. I think he is worthy enough to hold the position. Oh, did i mention his services were completely VOLUNTEER. Id rather take him over a 21 year old kid who went to a 4 year college wasted away his parents money to obtain mediocre grades and a degree in frat parties. Wilde I sense jealousy, maybe you never got your dream job. Dont be sour that you made poor choices in life.
veritas March 20, 2012 at 07:15 AM
To back up my statement Johnson has been a volunteer EMT with the borough since highschool. That means at 3 am when you were sleeping. He was answering first aid calls for your FELLOW residents. From his freshmen year in highschool, he was a police explorer. Learning the ropes to police work.... A degree in criminal justice does not make you a better cop. Learning how to interact with the public does. The tools they give you in the police academy are just a baseline. The world is constantly evolving. Society changes every day, fads come and go. Police work has to mold to what is around them. So an outdated text book education really serves no purpose.
Antimo C. March 22, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Oscar Wilde, I have been in Law Enforcement for more than 10 years now. In that decade I have had the pleasure to work with 100's of officers, some educated and some not. I myself do not have a degree, yet some my current and past coworkers have masters degrees. I can handle a heart attack call, domestic violence incident, can recite criminal and traffic statutes and then change a little kids bike tire in the drop of a hat all with my academy training and ON THE JOB SKILLS. To suggest that somebody with an education can be sooo far more superior than somebody without is an insane assumption. The only reason agencies and towns adopt education ordinances is to bypass the "age discrimination" issue. By requiring somebody with an associates or bachelors degree you unofficially said you want to hire 22 or above. That is the only reason behind it. Oh and by the way, every cop with an education that I have worked with, were morons and could not for the life of them grasp what police work was about. Compassion and Empathy. Mr. Johnson certainly, without any doubt in my mind has that. A volunteer EMT is one of the most least selfish things you can do. Putting a good nights sleep aside, sometimes 2 nights in a row just to respond to a strangers house for something as simple as a stomache ache. Before people jump on the Governors bandwagon and bash Police,Fire EMS..please sit down for a second and think."who will be there for ME if I need something?" Guaranteed its P.F.EMS

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