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Military service will count as criteria for employment with Manalapan Police Department

MANALAPAN – Members of the Township Committee have adopted an ordinance which will amend the minimum position qualifications for an individual to be hired by the Manalapan Police Department.

Previously, a candidate for employment in the police department was required to have an associate’s degree or the equivalent of 60 college credits.

On Aug. 14, committee members introduced an ordinance which states that an applicant for a position in the police department may have, in lieu of the educational achievements, served in the U.S. armed forces for a minimum of two years and received an honorable discharge.

Prior to the committee’s vote to introduce the ordinance, Deputy Mayor Jack McNaboe spoke in support of the legislation and said individuals in the military “put their life on hold to serve. (With this ordinance), they can come here, get a job (in the police department) and pursue a college degree while they are working.”

On Sept. 11, Mayor Susan Cohen, Committeeman Barry Jacobson, Committeewoman Mary Ann Musich and McNaboe voted “yes” on a motion to adopt the amended ordinance. Committeeman Kevin Uniglicht was absent.

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