2004-09-14 / Front Page

Hazlet Police Dept. gets a new No. 2

Gene Kiley steps into the new role of deputy chief
BY DAN NEWMAN Staff Writer

Gene Kiley steps
into the new role
of deputy chief

Staff Writer

DAN NEWMAN DAN NEWMAN HAZLET — When Gene Kiley first became a Hazlet Township Patrolman 21 years ago, he aspired to move up the departmental ladder.

“You never really know what the future holds, but I knew a long time ago that I eventually wanted to go higher up and do more for the community,” Kiley said.

The 50-year-old Hazlet resident worked his way up to sergeant, lieutenant and most recently, captain. But with the recent retirement of Police Chief Francis Emery resulting in James Broderick’s promotion to the top spot, there was an opening for a new deputy police chief in town.

“I took the promotional exam back in 2002, but there were no openings at the time. When the deputy [police chief] spot was open, I interviewed for the position along with one other person,” Kiley said.

Fast forward to last Tuesday, when Kiley was sworn in as Hazlet’s new deputy police chief at a township meeting.

In his new role, Kiley will earn $91,156 annually. Besides his paycheck, there are some other things that will change in Kiley’s life.

Formerly, as a captain of the Patrol Division, Kiley was responsible for 32 officers, including two lieutenants and five sergeants. For the time being, Kiley will be in charge of helping the department receive accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies in conjunction with the New Jersey State Chiefs of Police Association.

“Not many police departments in the state have this accreditation, so for us to be able to get this will be great,” Kiley said. “Lots of criteria were involved, including how many people are within our department, and what ranks you have within a department.”

Kiley said that if the department does well in the accreditation process, which is currently in its earliest stages, it’d be a coup for more than just the department itself.

“Something like this could improve morale within the department, and it’ll also help us to serve the public better as well. Through this process, we’ll be able to learn a lot about how our department functions and operates, and hopefully we can improve upon a few things.”

As far his goals beyond working on the accreditation process, Kiley said he wants to continue to improve departmental relations within the community and help augment some of the programs that are already going on within Hazlet.

“I have always supported everything that this department does and I will continue to do so. I think improving the service level of our department, as well as improving the help we can give to our residents are critical things we can always devote more time and energy to,” Kiley said.

Kiley, who is married and has four children, said they were all very happy for him, but for different reasons.

“I think my wife was happy for me because she knew I had wanted this promotion. Of my four kids, I have two that are teenagers, so they may think that my promotion means they’ll be getting more of an allowance,” Kiley said.

Hazlet Deputy Police Chief Gene Kiley joined the department 21 years ago.

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