A new probationary police officer has been appointed to the ranks of the Bernardsville, to begin this week, to fill a vacancy that will be created by the retirement of police Capt. Michael Perez, police chief Kevin Valentine announced.
The new police officer, Scott Chertoff, is a former police dispatcher for the department.
Perez will officially retire in 2013, Valentine said. Chertoff was scheduled to be ceremoniously sworn in by the borough council on Monday. However, he had actually joined the department last week at an annual starting salary of $43,076, Valentine said.
Chertoff, 26, of Springfield, began working for the department in 2006 as a police dispatcher.
In March of 2011, he also was appointed as a special law enforcement officer class II for the Bernardsville department, according to the chief.
During his employment as a dispatcher, Chertoff simultaneously served as a Deputy Sheriff’s Officer with the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. Chertoff possesses 65 credits from Thomas Edison State College and is a graduate of the Essex County Police Academy Special Law Enforcement Officers Training Program in 2009, Valentine said.
“Scott was selected from a pool of highly qualified applicants," Valentine said. “I am happy that we were able to hire Scott who has been working hard to secure this position," he added.
Chertoff already is familiar with the borough police department, the community and many local residents through his six years of employment with the borough, the chief said.
Valentine added he would like to thank the Borough Council for recognizing the importance of maintaining a fully staffed Police Department during trying economic times. "The council continues to act in the best interest of public safety by authorizing these appointments," he said.
Not counting the chief, the department has 18 officers, including Perez, Valentine said.