Hillsborough officer promoted to lieutenant

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The Hillsborough Township Committee promoted a police officer to fill a vacancy in the position of lieutenant.

“There exists a vacancy within the department as a result of a recent retirement, and because of the vast experience base we have within the police department we are able to promote Lt. Mark Szymanski to fill this vacancy,” Mayor Shawn Lipani said during the committee meeting on March 2, according to information provided by the township.

Szymanski is a 24-year veteran of the department and, during his career, worked as an officer in the Patrol Division from 1997 to 2000 and 2005-13, according to the statement.

Szymanski also worked in the Services Division and Community Policing Bureau from 2000-02 and was a School Resource Officer at Hillsborough Middle School from 2002-03 and at Hillsborough High School from 2003-05, then the Patrol Division from July 2007 to 2017, according to the statement.

He was appointed corporal in May 2013 of the Patrol Division until 2016 where he was assigned to the Investigative Division and a juvenile officer until 2017, according to the statement.

He was promoted to sergeant in 2017 in the Patrol Division, was assigned to the Services Division, Training Bureau in 2019, according to the statement.

Szymanski will be assigned as the Patrol Division commander.

Szymanski has received many command citations, commendations, letters of appreciation and favorable performance notices.

“Congratulations to Lt. Szymanski on his promotion; we wish him much continued success in his new role,” Lipani said.

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, Szymanski’s swearing in ceremony was held privately at the Peter J. Biondi Municipal Building, after his official appointment.