Getting promotions were, from top left, Wendy Samis, Juan Sardo and Robert Clayton. Newly hired were, from left, Jhonatan Quispe, Stanley Balmer and Garrett Falco Jr. (Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
Three new police officers joined the ranks of Red Bank blue Tuesday night at a packed-house council meeting that also saw three veterans of the force elevated to new positions.
The new hires were touted by elected officials as an exceptional bargain for the town: unlike many of their predecessors, all three already have worked as officers in other jurisdictions. Which means they also “have already been through the police academy training, which saves the borough quite a bit of money,” said Councilman Art Murphy, who doubles as police commissioner.
The trio were culled from an applicant pool of 500 that was swollen with experienced cops who’ve been laid off because of budget issues, Chief Steve McCarthy tells redbankgreen.