Thursday, January 31, 2013
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.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Initiative not coming to fruition 'one regret' for John Paton, who's retiring after 32 years with Chatham Township.
John Paton will step down at the end of this month after 32 years with the Chatham Township Police Department, four of them as chief. No replacement for Paton has been announced yet, but plans are in place for a decision to be made and a chief to take over soon. Eligible personnel include lieutenants and sergeants. "There won't be any lapse in service," he said. "In a department like this, nothing happens alone." A source of pride and regret for Paton is the community policing initiative, which he unveiled to the Chatham Township Committee after the destruction caused by Hurricane Irene and the late October 2011 snowstorm. "That was something I always wanted to do, and my one regret is that it hasn't come to fruition," he said. "Community-…
Friday, October 26, 2012
Chatham Township officials get ready for the second hurricane in 18 months.
Fourteen months ago in August 2011, Hurricane Irene blew through Chatham and left flooding, sinkholes, power outages and trees strewn in streets, lawns and on top of homes and vehicles. Twelve months ago, almost to the day, an early season nor’easter dropped three feet of snow onto the Chathams, where the leaves were still on the trees. Chatham Township lost power completely; all but a few blocks of Chatham Borough were without power. School, sports and even Halloween trick-or-treating were all canceled as a result. Now with Hurricane Sandy protected to hit the area as early as Sunday, officials in Chatham Township see an opportunity to demonstrate the improvements they’ve made in communications and responding to community needs after the…