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.