East Windsor Mayor Janice S. Mironov administered the oath of office to new and promoted police officers prior to the township council meeting September 5.
Sgt. James Geary was promoted to lieutenant, Patrol Officer Cory Paieda was promoted to sergeant, and Michael Greco was sworn in as a new police officer.
“These promotions are a special day of celebration for the Township and the police department, providing an occasion to recognize and promote two very special, highly performing and skilled police officers,” Mironov said before administering the oaths.
“In East Windsor, police promotions and hirings are very competitive, especially in light of the high caliber of officers,” she continued. “The attainment of the rank of Lieutenant is a very significant achievement, reached by very few officers, and reflecting proudly on Lt. Geary’s outstanding service and excellent qualifications.”
Mironov said the recent naming of former Lt. James Monahan as East Windsor Township Chief of Police resulted in a domino effect of vacancies, allowing room for a new lieutenant, sergeant, and patrolman.
She said the promotions went to dedicated and worthy officers who had excelled in their police service to move up and advance.
Geary, who was hired by East Windsor in July 1995, has served in uniform services as a patrol officer, field training officer, secondary officer in charge, and primary officer in charge.
In January 2006, Geary was promoted to the rank of sergeant, serving as a platoon supervisor and supervisor of the Traffic Safety Unit, and in 2011 he was transferred to Investigative Services as detective sergeant.
During his career, Geary was awarded a 15 year Department Honorable Service Medal, among other awards and recognitions, and was 2007 Township Law and Public Safety Employee of the Year.
Paieda joined the East Windsor Police Department in February 2001. He graduated from the Ocean County Police Academy in 1998 and was previously a police officer with Lambertville City.
He has served as a patrol officer, field training officer, evidence technician, secondary officer in charge, and primary officer in charge. Paieda was awarded a 10 year Department Honorable Service Medal, two Unit Citation Medals, an Educational Achievement Medal, a Life Saving Medal, an Honorable Service Medal, four Awards of Merit, and was named Police Officer of the Year in 2004.
New Police Officer Michael Greco, who is assigned to the East Windsor Police Department’s Uniform Services, graduated from the Mercer County Police Academy in January 2009 and earned an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Middlesex County Community College. Greco previously served the New Jersey Institute of Technology Police Department.
“I congratulate all of our officers in their new positions and look forward to working with them as they continue in our tradition of excellence at the East Windsor Township Police Department,” Mironov said.