Hazlet Police Chief Philip Meehan received an honorary sendoff Monday, August 31 from his 43 officers and department members, representatives of Monmouth County law enforcement agencies, professional colleagues, friends, family and community leaders at a final "walkout" ceremony behind the Hazlet Police Station on Middle Road.
Bagpipers set a ceremonial tone at the 10 am event, which featured Chief Meehan’s remarks and a tribute by his successor, Deputy Chief Ted Wittke. A traditional final call" was broadcasted, and then the chief, wearing a facial mask in a sign of these times, walked the line and solemnly saluted each staff member, also wearing masks.
Afterwards, Chief Meehan was surrounded by well wishers. "What I can say is that it is true, it has been an honor to serve Hazlet," he said. He expressed optimism for the future of the department that he was a part of for 23 years.
"I have 100 percent confidence in Ted’s abilities. I think he’s going to continue to move the department in a positive and forward direction. I’m excited for him, and his command staff."
Mayor Michael Glackin called Meehan a true leader. "Our thanks to Hazlet Police Chief Phil Meehan for his long service to Hazlet, his professionalism and his compassion," said Mayor Glackin.
See more images of the day on the Hazlet Police Department Facebook Page.