MARLBORO – Peter Pezzullo will be appointed to the position of deputy chief of the Marlboro Police Department with the expectation of being named police chief in September following the retirement of Police Chief Bruce Hall.
Pezzullo will be appointed deputy chief during a ceremony to be held at 4 p.m. March 8 at the Marlboro municipal court.
Pezzullo is a captain and has served in the police department for 22 years. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 11 years and achieved the rank of sergeant. Pezzullo earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University, a Master’s in criminal justice from Boston University and is a certified public manager.
“I have full confidence that Capt. Pezzullo will continue my vision of community policing, keeping children and educators safe in the schools and maintaining our low crime rate and quality of life,” Mayor Jonathan Hornik said.
“He is a dynamic officer with a stellar background and a wide range of public safety experience. I am looking forward to working with Capt. Pezzullo to maintain our status as one of the safest communities in New Jersey,” the mayor said.
Hall will retire in September when he reaches the mandatory retirement age (65) for police officers in New Jersey. Hall has served as police chief since 2009. The deputy chief’s position was created by the Township Council in 2018 as a way to transition Hall’s successor into the police chief’s position.
“This is a critical time for the Marlboro Police Department,” Hornik said. “The provisional appointment in advance of Chief Hall’s retirement will ensure a seamless transition for the police department and residents.
“Chief Hall is a fixture in this community, having provided dedicated leadership throughout his tenure. He is widely regarded as a model law enforcement professional, a gentleman and a leader who has improved his department and made the community safer. He will leave behind a long-lasting legacy and a big set of shoes to fill. I wish him all the best in a well-deserved retirement,” Hornik said.