Chatham Lieutenant Named New Police Chief

Steven Hennelly will take over as Chatham Township's Chief of Police Friday.

The Chatham Township Committee unanimously voted Lt. Steven Hennelly as the new chief of police.

Chief John Paton retired as of Thursday after 34 years with the Chatham Township Police Department, including four years as chief. 

Hennelly has been a member of the Chatham Township Police Department since 1987. In his role as lieutenant he has also served as the Public Information Officer. His new position as Chief of Police is effective as of Friday, Feb. 1.

"We interviewed, and we are pleased to name Steve Hennelly as the new chief," Mayor Nicole Hagner said at the Chatham Township Committee meeting Thursday. 

The committee met at 6 p.m. Thursday to discuss the vacancy in executive session.

Kathy February 01, 2013 at 10:27 AM
Congratulations! The township made a good choice..
David C. Couper February 01, 2013 at 09:49 PM
A democracy is best served by police leaders who can impart these values and practices to their officers: controlled in their use of force, honest, courteous to every person, and closely in touch with the communities they serve. For more, follow my blog at http://improvingpolice.wordpress.com.
TroutSandwich February 02, 2013 at 02:14 AM
Congratulations! Please hit a home run because your predecessors kept swinging the bat hard in the "On-deck circle (talking the talk) but kept striking out at the plate in the bottom of the ninth (Results) . Talk is cheap. Your employees deserve better and quite frankly at $16k a year in taxes WE deserve better too. Good luck and God's speed.
ME Cashman February 03, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Hi Steve, Congratulations on your promotion. We wish you the best of luck and health as Chief. Mike Cashman


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