Robert M. Dolan Jr. was sworn in as Manchester Township’s seventh Chief of Police on July 1, 2021, taking the oath of office during a promotional ceremony in the Municipal Complex Courtroom. Chief Dolan succeeds outgoing Chief Lisa D. Parker, who retired on June 30, 2021, following a distinguished 32-year career.
After taking his oath, Chief Dolan thanked his family, friends, Mayor Robert Hudak, and the Township Council for all of their support and confidence. “The trust the public has put in me weighs on me heavily. I promise I will not disappoint you,” Chief Dolan said as he addressed those in attendance.
Among his major accomplishments, in 2016 Chief Dolan managed the Spillman project, implementing a new Computer Aided Dispatch and Record Management System. As a Captain, he was instrumental in the creation of the Emergency Services Division, which launched in March of 2020 and included the rehabilitation of two EMS Buildings, the hiring of EMS Director Robert Baran and a group of qualified EMTs, and purchasing and up-fitting ambulances and other equipment. The Division grew this year with the addition of career firefighters, which entailed a hiring process and the procurement of a fire truck and other critical firefighting equipment.
The following officers took oaths of office during the ceremony:
Lt. Vincent Manco, who began his career with the Manchester Police Department in May of 1999 as a Patrolman, was promoted to Captain. He has served in numerous positions throughout the Police Department including Detective, Field Training Officer, Firearms Instructor, Ocean County Regional SWAT Team member, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, and Investigations Bureau Lieutenant. In his previous assignment as Lieutenant, Capt. Manco was assigned to the Administrative Services Bureau. He is the first member in the history of the Manchester Police Department to attend and graduate from the prestigious 10-week FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. He has received over 20 awards, including the Medal of Honor, the department’s highest award.
Promoted to Lieutenant was Sgt. Antonio Ellis, an expert in the field of Traffic Safety who has served with the Manchester Township Police Department since 2000. He played an instrumental role in the upkeep and modernization of the department’s vehicle fleet. Lt. Ellis has completed several prestigious trainings, having earned the FBI-LEEDA Trilogy Award, which includes the Supervisory Leadership Institute, Command Leadership Institute and Executive Leadership Institute.
A Manchester Township resident since 1993, Detective Christian Nazario was promoted to Sergeant. Since joining the department in 2007 he has served in many roles, including Police Explorer Advisor, Auxiliary Advisory, and Field Training Officer. As a Narcotics Enforcement Team Detective, he was Team Leader for multiple operations including a wiretap that was the largest drug investigation in Ocean County.
Detective Danny Barker, who has been with the Manchester Township Police Department since 2008, was promoted to Sergeant. He has been a member of the Investigations Bureau as a Detective since 2013. Sgt. Barker served as Lead Evidence Custodian, Megan’s Law Liaison, and Firearms Instructor. He also has served as Platoon Leader of the North Platoon for the Ocean County Regional SWAT Team since 2018.
Ptl. Michael Gardner was sworn in as a full-time officer. He had initially being hired by the Manchester Township Police Department in 2019, but resigned in 2020 to pursue another law enforcement opportunity. Ptl. Gardner was an exemplary officer during his initial employment and his return to service with the Manchester Township Police Department was welcomed by both the Police Department and Township administration.
Receiving lateral assignments to the Investigations Bureau were Ptl. Richard Conklin and Ptl. Victoria Raub. A recipient of a Community Policing Certification, Detective Conklin previously served in the department’s Community Affairs Unit. He has also served as a Field Training Officer, GREAT Instructor, and DARE Instructor. Detective Raub most recently served as School Resource Officer and Juvenile Liaison Officer, an important role where she built positive relationships with juveniles. She also taught the department’s #NotEvenOnce program and served as a Youth Academy Instructor.
To close the ceremony, two Corporals designations were presented in recognition of many years of exemplary service as Manchester Township Police officers. The designation, proposed by the first Manchester Police recipient of the honor, the late Cpl. Scott Thompson, was introduced in 2016 and recognizes veteran officers with 20 or more years of service who consistently exhibit outstanding commitment to their department and profession. Receiving the designations were Cpl. Christopher Walaszek, who has served in patrol since 1999 and acts as the department’s Law Enforcement Support Office liaison, and Cpl. Brian Collins, who has served in patrol since 2000, streamlined the prosecutorial process as the Manchester Municipal Court liaison.