At a packed Township Committee Meeting, Lt Gromek, a 9-year veteran of the Harding PD, was promoted and sworn in as Chief of the department. The rest of our department, Gromek’s family, and a multitude of officers from neighboring departments attended to ceremony. Gromek has a BA from Kean University and a Master’s from Seton Hall. Among other awards and citations, he is an 11-time recipient of the Mother’s Against Drunk Driving Award and has two lifesaving awards. He has been acting chief since August of last year and his promotion is the result of a seven-month evaluation process and the recommendation of Robert Falzarano, Harding Administrator, and a former police officer and chief himself.