FREEHOLD – Three new officers have been sworn in as members of the Freehold Borough Police Department.
During a Borough Council meeting on Jan. 21, Victor Segoviano, Maurizio DeGrande and Ian Crawford joined the police force. Each new employee was sworn in as a patrolman by Mayor Kevin Kane.
Kane said he considered it an honor to bring the patrolmen into the police department during his first regular meeting serving as mayor.
“This is very exciting,” he said. “To swear in officers at my first official meeting is an honor.”
After the new police officers were sworn in as members of the force, Councilwoman Sharon Shutzer said their family members should also be recognized for making a commitment to the town.
“This job is a family commitment,” she said. “We welcome everyone who has made this commitment.”
According to police administrators, the hiring of the new officers will increase the department’s personnel from 31 to 34.
In other business, council members approved a $51,617 decrease in a $725,337 contract that was awarded to S. Batata Construction, Parlin, for the repaving of Hudson and Bennett streets. With the decrease, the contract now totals $673,719.
According to a resolution, field changes resulted in less asphalt and traffic control services being needed to complete the project, which resulted in the decrease in the overall cost of the project.
And, council members confirmed the termination of Vincent Hynes as a member of the Freehold Borough Fire Department, Good Will Hook and Ladder Company.
Finally, council members authorized a shared services agreement with Freehold Township for automotive services. The agreement will be effective for 2020 and may be renewed thereafter.
Under the terms of the agreement, Freehold Township will provide automotive services to Freehold Borough at a labor rate of $65 per man hour.