STAFFORD – On July 16, the Stafford Township Police Department swore in its newest captain: Captain James Vaughn.
Surrounded by family and fellow brothers in blue, Captain Vaughn was sworn in by Mayor Gregory Myhre at the township council meeting.
Police Chief Thomas Dellane noted that approximately half of the entire Stafford police force was present for Vaughn’s swearing in, along with a sizeable crowd of friends and family members, “which I think is a testament to you.”
Captain Vaughn began his career with Stafford Police in August of 1998, transferring from the Ocean Township Police Department (Waretown). In June of 2007, he was promoted to sergeant. In July of 2013, he was promoted to lieutenant.
“Looks like all his activity here is in the summer months so I guess that’s his luckiest time, so we’ll continue the trend,” joked Chief Dellane.
Captain Vaughn has worn many hats during his 24-year career, serving as patrolman, traffic safety officer, lieutenant, as well as becoming a Certified Public Manager in 2017, which is a rigorous nine-month class in budgeting, finance, and management, according to Chief Dellane.
Captain Vaughn is also a proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
“He is a great patriot in that regard as well,” said Chief Dellane.
In addition, he has earned high honors in education, receiving his Bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State University, as well as two Master’s degrees in Administrative Science and Cyber and Homeland Security Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
“Well deserved Captain…Congratulations!!!” read a post from the Stafford Township Police Department.
Vaughn was sworn in as Captain, flanked by his supportive wife Colleen, his son and his daughter. “I am truly humbled by all of this, thank you,” said Captain Vaughn, thanking friends, family, and colleagues in the audience. “Special thanks to my wife, Colleen, you’ve always been there…it’s hard being the family of a law enforcement officer…but you’ve been there every step of the way.”