East Windsor’s new police chief was sworn in Sunday and said he will continue to emphasize education and training within the department.
comes after former . Spain had served at the police department for 12 years.
Monahan joined the department in 1994, and has held several ranks, including detective, sergeant and lieutenant. He also served for more than six years at the Highland Park Borough Police Department before coming to East Windsor.
Mayor Janice Mironov outlined Monahan's accomplishments on Sunday, and said he has earned many awards and medals, including the Honorable Service Award, a Life Saving medal and two Education Achievement awards.
“Lt. Monahan comes to this position today with an extremely wide breath of law enforcement and related experience, substantial training and credentials, and a demonstrated skillful and thoughtful application and exercise of his background to the day to day policing, which he encounters as well as overall department and community issues,” Mironov said. “He is a highly respected leader among his peers and within the community.”
Monahan earned both his undergraduate and masters degree from Rutgers University, graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s of science, and summa cum laude with a master’s of labor and employment relations.
“It is a special day for me and when things like this occur in your life you quickly realize that you don’t get here all by yourself,” Monahan said after taking the oath of office, administered by Mironov, with the assistance of Monahan's wife, Denise, and sons Andrew and Daniel.
Monahan said Spain instilled professionalism in the department through education and training, and said he will carry this on under his leadership.
“I think what that does, within a police department, is it really provokes a sense of professionalism and better service to the community. I think it’s critically important, so that will remain an objective for our department,” Monahan said.
He also said they will look for ways to become more efficient and improve the department.
Monahan thanked everyone in attendance, including two former East Windsor police chiefs, William Spain and Barry Barlow, his former chief at the Highland Park Police Department, colleagues, the mayor and council, friends and family.