HILLSBOROUGH: Mozgai expected to be named police captain

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Hillsborough Police Lt. Francis R. Mozgai Jr. is expected to be named the captain on the township police force tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Lt. Mozgai would become second-in-command to Acting Chief Darren Powell, who was appointed to that post on Dec. 15. He is one of two lieutenants eligible for the promotion.
Police Capt. Paul Merkler retired at the end of 2015; he joined the force in 1990.
Paul Kaminsky, who has been police chief since 2006, will retire effective Feb. 1. He joined the force in August 1989.
Acting Chief Powell, who had been a lieutenant since 2008, will now evaluate the two possible candidates for the second-in-command job as captain. The two are Lts. Fran Mozgai and Mark Besser. Lt. Kenneth Pryor doesn’t have sufficient service time at the rank to qualify.The 52-person force also has seven sergeants and six corporals. Two entry-level officers were hired and sworn in Nov. 10. 

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