Keith Germain Named Barnegat’s Next Police Chief

Nov 17, 2017

Effective in February, Keith Germain will become Barnegat Township’s police chief, according to a  resolution approved at the Nov. 14 township committee meeting. Germain, 44, will replace the retiring Richard Dugan, who became chief last March. Dugan was appointed to the post shortly after Chief Arthur Drexler retired.

A Barnegat native, Germain joined the department in 1994. He has held virtually every position with the agency, including dispatcher, patrol officer, detective, patrol division commander, administrative services division commander, founding member of the narcotics unit and founding member of the Barnegat SWAT team.

Other promotions announced included Andrew Parsley from patrolman to sergeant, Joseph Carroll from sergeant to lieutenant and Lt. Ryan Dugan from lieutenant to captain. These new positions will go into effect in January.

Parsley joined the department in 2006, has served as firearms instructor and is a member of the SWAT and regional sniper team.

Carroll has been a member since 2001 after serving eight years of active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard. A member of the SWAT and sniper teams, he holds 12 instructor certifications and is enrolled in the master of administrative science program at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

The younger brother of the current chief, Ryan Dugan is in his 28th year of service with the department. A founding member of the SWAT team, Dugan was one of the force’s first accident investigation and reconstruction specialists. Over his career, he has served as commander of the patrol, investigative, technical services and operations divisions.

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving to be our chief” than Germain, said Mayor Albert Bille. “We’ve received plenty of emails from residents and former residents who say he has done a great job. He has had experience in every type of police work. For a chief, he’s pretty young, and I hope he leads our department for a long time.” 

Germain added, “I’m glad they have the confidence in me to serve as chief, and I will do the best that I can as we more forward.”

— Eric Englund

ericenglund@thesandpaper.net

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