The Jefferson Township police department is closer to a full complement of 37 officers after the township council meeting of Wednesday, December 4.

The township ordinance actually says the maximum is 40, Mayor Eric Wilsusen said, but 37 is the number the administration actually considers optimum. The two new officers sworn in were Christopher Smolt and Lundrium Veliu.

Wilsusen also congratulated Department of Public Works employee Brett Decker, who took first place in the non-CDL (commercial drivers’ license) category at the Snow Plow Driver Roadeo sponsored by Statewide Insurance, the township’s carrier. It was the first time the township DPW participated in the November event, which allowed snowplow drivers to show off their skills. It is just one of a number of safety programs sponsored by the insurance company.

Honored with civilian service awards were Manuel Soares and Charles Faithful, who were cited for their heroism in stopping at a motor vehicle accident scene to pull a victim from a burning car.

Employees of Camp Six were also honored for assistance during a drowning event in Lake Hopatcong this summer. The company was honored for shutting down the Main Lake Market for two days so that emergency workers could use it as a staging area. The market also fed crews and the family of the victim, Jason Gil.

Wilsusen said in an interview that work is being done on a new website with a planned launch on January 13, 2020.

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