WARREN, NJ - The Warren Township Committee, Mayor Gary DiNardo, Deputy Mayor Mick Marion, and Committeeperson’s Carolann Garafola, George Lazo and Victor Sordillo, announced the selection of Lt. William E. Keane as the next Chief of Police of the Warren Township Police Department (WTPD) on Friday, July 18. Lt. Keane will succeed Chief Russell Leffert who is retiring on September 1 after 32 years of service as an officer in the WTPD. Leffert has served as Chief since June 2006.
On June 12, the Township Committee adopted Resolution 2014-146, establishing the procedures for the selection of the new Chief of Police. The Resolution provided that only officers currently holding the rank of Lieutenant would be eligible to apply for the position and all Lieutenants participated in the examination process.
The promotion process required the following: 1) Applicants submitted a resume of their personal and professional achievements including education, training and community activities. 2) The candidates also prepared a written project comprised of the candidates past accomplishments in the department. 3) A vision statement by the applicant as to why the officer desires to be Chief and goals for the future.
The actual testing process consisted of the following: 1) An oral interview conducted by the Township Committee on July 16, 2014; 2) The applicant’s last four performance evaluations; 3) The applicant’s attendance history, educational achievements, and required statutory items.
Lt. William Keane received the highest overall score of the three Lieutenants.
Lt. Keane was raised in South Plainfield and attended St. Pius X Regional High School, Middlesex County College, Caldwell College, and the Emergency Management Institute at Frederick Community College in Frederick Maryland. He was a recipient by the University of Virginia of a Certificate of Achievement in Criminal Justice Education. He also attended the FBI National Academy in spring 2013 where he received specialized training in Law Enforcement Executive Management.
Lt. Keane currently resides in South Plainfield with his wife and 3 children.
Lt. Keane was appointed to the Warren Township Police Department effective December 19, 1988 and promoted to Sergeant effective July 1, 2006 and Lieutenant effective August 22, 2011. During his tenure with Warren Township, Lt. Keane has served as a Detective and Detective/Sgt. Patrol officer, and Patrol Sergeant. He was assigned to Somerset County Narcotics Task Force and Burglary Task Force, and served as Narcotics Liaison Officer to the Watchung Hills Regional High School and Warren Township Board of Education. He was the recipient of the Departments Medal of Honor in 2008, the Somerset County 200 Club Valor Award in 2009 and 10 Chief commendations for action involving various investigations. Lt. Keane currently serves as Administrative Lieutenant and Executive officer for the Police Department. He will assume the Chief's position with a well-rounded background as a police officer.
Committeeman Victor Sordillo, who is the Township Committee liaison to the police department, stated, “Bill Keane has an accomplished career in law enforcement and is dedicated to the Warren Township community. He will make an excellent Chief and will continue the tradition of outstanding leadership in the Warren Township Police Department.”
Lt. Keane stated, “It is an honor to be selected as the next Police Chief in Warren Township. I look forward to keeping up the fine reputation of the Warren Police Department that was established by Chief Russell Leffert and his predecessors. The Department is comprised of dedicated hardworking officers who I am proud to lead into the future.”
The Township Committee was very pleased to have 3 well rounded Lieutenant’s participate in the examination process as it demonstrates the fine leadership of the Police Department.
The Township Committee will establish the salary for Chief Keane at its August 14 meeting.