Oceanport Police celebrated the official promotion of one of their own Thursday night at the borough council meeting.
Sgt. Michael Chenoweth, who has been on the force since was hired as a probationary officer in 1997, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant -- a first for Oceanport, according to Capt. Daniel Barcus.
"Lt. Chenoweth is an excellent role model for our young officers and has earned the trust and respect of all the members of this department," said Barcus.
Chenoweth has served as a traffic safety and field training officer for the department, teaching new officers how to maximize effectiveness on the job.
The new lieutenant began his career with the Middletown Police Department in 1989 and moved onto Allentown before coming to Oceanport eight years ago.
Chenoweth is married with four children and comes from a law enforcement family. Enforcement family. His father Bernard, served with the Middletown Township Police Department, and three of his brothers are police officers: Bernard, is a police officer with the Middletown Township Police Department; David, a police officer with the Hightstown Police Department; and Robert, a police officer with the Little Silver Police Department.
"He exhibits outstanding leadership qualities and will excel at his new position," said Barcus.