Chief Charles Voelker Announces Retirement after 30 Years of Service
Fairfield (NJ) The Fairfield Police Department regrettably announces the retirement of Chief of Police Charles Voelker effective June 30, 2014. Chief Voelker will begin a period of terminal leave beginning on May 13, 2014 until his official retirement date. Chief Voelker has issued the following statement relative to his retirement:
“To the Fairfield Community:
It has been my honor and privilege to serve the Township of Fairfield for over 30 years, the last 6 ½ as your Chief of Police. The officers of the Fairfield Police Department are a group of extremely dedicated professionals, who serve this community to the best of their ability 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, but it is the partnerships that we have formed in this municipality that makes it all work as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Support from our residents, school and government officials, business community, civic groups, Fire Department, EMS service providers, such as the West Essex First Aid Squad and the police agencies from the surrounding communities, who are our mutual aid partners, all make the level of public safety in our community possible. We are not the most highly populated community in the West Essex area, but our daytime population far exceeds nearly all of them, thus contributing to the high volume of calls for service we receive each day.
I sincerely hope that all of the community stakeholders mentioned above continue to assist the Fairfield Police Department in the future to ensure that we maintain the highest level of public safety possible. Knowing so many of you in this community where I was born and raised, is the most difficult part of saying good-bye to everyone. I look forward to seeing all of you at some time in the not too distant future when I can express my gratitude personally.”
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