Brick Swears In Two New Officers, Promotes One

Members of the Brick Police Department join Brick Mayor John G. Ducey during the swearing in of two new police officers and the promotion to sergeant for Frank Mauro during a Brick Council meeting. (Photo by Judy Smestad-Nunn)

  BRICK – Two new police officers were sworn into office and a veteran officer was promoted to the rank of sergeant during a recent council meeting.

  The officers were taking the place of recent retirements of Officer Candace Lambert, Officer Jay Nye, and Sergeant Pat Cook.

  Deputy Police Chief Donald Ling said, the two new officers come to the township with experience and will immediately enter the field training officer program.

  Andrew Bajor (Badge #305) is a 2011 graduate of Brick High School and attended Ocean County College where he earned his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. He began his law enforcement career in 2014 when he served as a Class 1 and Class 2 officer with the Point Pleasant Beach Police Department for four years. In February 2019, he was hired by the Washington Township Police Department where he received his full police officer certification.

Brick Township Mayor Mayor John G. Ducey, left, swears in new Brick Township Police Officer Andrew Bajor during a meeting of the Mayor and Council. Bajor’s parents, Thomas and Tammy are standing beside him. (Photo by Judy Smestad-Nunn)

  Kevin Ryan (Badge #306) is a 2007 graduate of Edison High School and attended William Patterson University where he obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in sociology. He began his law enforcement career as a Class 1 and Class 2 officer with the Seaside Park Police Department. In November 2017, he was hired by the Metuchen Police Department, and the following month he completed his full police officer certification at the Ocean County Police Academy.

  Sergeant Frank Mauro (Badge #207), a 1990 graduate of Brick Memorial High School, attended Ocean County and Brookdale Colleges where he majored in education and criminal justice. In September 2000, he began his law enforcement career when he was hired by the NJ Department of Corrections as a state corrections officer.

  Mauro was hired by the Brick Township Police Department in 2003, and during his 16-year career was assigned to the patrol division, he was a field training officer, a former member of the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT), the Selective Enforcement Team, the Drug Enforcement Unit, and the Street Crimes Unit.

  The newly promoted officer received numerous awards during his tenure with the Brick Police Department.

Brick Township Mayor John G. Ducey, left, promotes Brick Township police officer Frank Mauro to the rank of sergeant during a Brick Council meeting. Joining them is Mauro’s wife Stacey holding the bible and is mother Mary Ellen Mauro. (Photo by Judy Smestad-Nunn)

  During the meeting council members discussed a bid that was awarded for parking lot improvements to Brick Beach 3 to S&G Paving Construction Inc. of Jamesburg for $546,543. Bid notices were sent to 66 prospective bidders, and 17 of those requested bid packages. Eleven bids were submitted with prices ranging from the awarded bid upwards to $1,073,150.

  The project generally consists of mill and overlay of the municipal parking lot between Faber Lane and Lyndhurst Drive.

  During the public comment portion of the meeting, several residents of Normandy Beach, who have been attending the last four council meetings, once again asked expressed concerns regarding flooding and asked the governing body to come up with solutions to the flooded roads in their neighborhood.

“I’m stunned that you got $500,000-plus to replace that Brick Beach parking lot,” said resident Steve Kirby.

  Kirby added, “I can’t believe we’re spending that kind of money when we don’t have any money to fix the roads and the storm drains in Normandy Beach.”