James Markoski Takes Over as Beach Haven Police Chief

Jan 10, 2018

Beach Haven began 2018 with a new police chief, James L. Markoski, who replaces the retired Kevin Kohler. Markoski, 43, moves up from the rank of captain. He started his law enforcement career in 1993 as an 18-year-old seasonal officer and became a full-time patrolman in 1996.

“Police work is something I wanted to do since I was a kid,” said Markoski, whose uncle Stanley Markoski is a former Beach Haven police chief. “I was interested because it’s the kind of job that presents different challenges each day, and I also wanted to help serve the public.”

In introducing him at Monday’s borough council meeting, Borough Manager Shery Mason said he is “Beach Haven’s most trained officer.”

“Jim had the privilege of participating in the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Operations Group and in 2014 successfully completed the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police’s Command and Leadership School,” said Mason.

She said Markoski has served as patrol rifle instructor, firearms instructor and defensive tactic instructor among numerous other roles. He has also served as lead instructor for the Ocean County Police Academy.

“As the newly appointed chief, those closest to him have seen him embrace the new role,” said Mason. “Jim is very in tune with his officers and customizes experiences and training based on each individual’s needs, strengths and weaknesses.”

She said his first major task will be to coordinate the move of his department into the new headquarters as part of the new municipal building, which the borough hopes to occupy next month.

“Once that is accomplished, he can focus his vision for the department, which is increased community outreach, and to make a positive impact on each young person,” said Mason.

Also at the meeting, Thomas Medel was sworn in as the new captain. Medel, 51, who has been with the department for 19 years, had been promoted to lieutenant last June.

“As a captain, I’ll be more involved in administrative work,” he said. “It will mean less time on the road.”

Councilman Jim White said Markoski and Medel are “two very exceptional officers.”

“This is part of why we should be excited about Beach Haven,” said White. “With new leadership comes new ideas, where people can make a positive difference. I really think our town is going through renaissance in making it a great place to live.”

— Eric Englund


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