Dozens of law enforcement officers and community members gathered outside of Jefferson Township's police headquarters Friday to bid farewell to Chief William Craig, Jr., who retired after 30 years of service in the department.
Capt. Sean Conrad, who will soon be sworn in as the department's new chief, said Craig's "leadership, diplomacy and super-sharp wit" will be missed.
Craig attended the Morris County Police Academy in 1989. He completed the 34th Basic Police Class until March 1995, when he was assigned as a patrol officer in Jefferson.
Craig served as a detective from April 1995 through 1998 and in July of that year was promoted to sergeant. He worked as a patrol squad supervisor and in November 2004 was promoted to lieutenant, and assigned a patrol platoon.
July 2005 was when Craig was assigned the role of administrative lieutenant, at the helm of the detective and services divisions. The following year, he was promoted to captain -- the department's operations commander.
Craig was promoted to Deputy Police Chief in 2009 and then Chief of Police in August 2015.
Craig is involved in and affiliated with many local organizations including the NJ Drug Recognition Expert Association, Blue Knights Motorcycle Club, former delegate of PBA Local #190. He was the commander of the Jefferson Township Emergency Management, New Jersey School Resource Officer Association, Morris County Counter Terrorism Liaison Officer and many more.
“The things I will miss most are my co-workers and the community partnerships that make working in Jefferson Township so special," Craig said.
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