Hillsborough promotes two police officers to fill recent vacancies


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The Hillsborough Township Committee promoted two police officers from the department to fill recent vacancies.

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After a thorough interview process, Sgt. John Carney was promoted to lieutenant and Corporal Joseph Paschall was promoted to sergeant on Oct. 13.

“As a result of the extensive experience base available within the Hillsborough Police Department, we are able to promote the highest rated candidates for the positions of lieutenant and sergeant,” Mayor Doug Tomson said during the meeting, according to information provided by the township.

Carney has been working for the department since 1997, when he was appointed as a police officer within the department. His assignments included initially in the Patrol Division, then Services Division, Investigative Division, and promotion to sergeant in September 2016 in the Patrol Division. Most recently, he was assigned to the Services Division, Traffic Bureau, according to the statement.

Throughout Carney’s 23 years with the department, he has received many commendations, command citations and letters of appreciation for a variety of jobs well-done, according to the statement. In April 1999 he received a letter of appreciation from the Township Committee for a job well done on a report of a missing individual. In February 2008, he received a performance notice for a job well done on a burglary investigation.

Paschall has been working for the department since 2001. During his early career he worked in the Patrol and Investigative divisions, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotic Task Force, and as the Office of Emergency Management deputy coordinator, according to the statement. He was appointed corporal in November 2019 and has remained in that position until present day.

Throughout Paschal’s tenure with the department, he has received many commendations, command citations and letters of appreciation for a variety of jobs well-done. In 2016 and 2017, he received a Top Cop Award from the Township Committee. In June 2015, he received a command citation for a great job on a narcotics investigation, as well as in March 2016, a command citation for a job well done with a structure fire investigation, according to the statement.

“Congratulations to Corporal Joseph Paschall. We wish him much success in his new position,” Tomson said, according to the statement.

Both officers were joined by their families; Committeewoman Gloria McCauley, liaison to Public Safety; and Hillsborough Township Police Chief Mike McMahon for a private swearing in ceremony amid the COVID-19 safety precautions.

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