Det. Frank Lee becomes the first to make captain in the department since outgoing Chief Richard Sarlo.
By Matt Skoufalos
A month after appointing a new acting chief, Collingswood borough commissioners continued rebuilding the town police department Monday, ratifying a new police contract, swearing in three, full-time officers, and promoting long-serving Detective Frank Lee to captain.
Lee is the first member of the Collingswood Police Department to attain that rank since outgoing chief Richard Sarlo held it, said Acting Police Chief Kevin Carey.
The move immediately makes Lee the second-highest ranking officer in the department.
“Frank has been here upwards of 15 years,” Carey said of his new executive officer.
“He’s a very intelligent guy. I’m looking forward to him and I, both together, catapulting changes forward.”
Lee “has a broad knowledge of all kinds of police work” and a “great work ethic,” Carey said. “[He’s] proven himself to keep up on current laws. He’s got a very forward looking look on things.”
“We’re really happy to have Frank in a management position with our department,” added Collingswood Mayor James Maley.
On the subject of his promotion, Lee was as good as his name, offering one, brief remark.
“I’m just thankful to be a part of the revitalization of the police department,” he said.
The department also swore in probationary full-time officers James Cavanaugh, Michael Manning, and Vincent Sampoli.
Carey described the new crop of public servants as “all young, 22-, 24-year-old, intelligent guys,” who are “real high on community-oriented policing.
“Some have college, if not a four-year degree,” Carey said. “All four interviewed quite well.
“I’m looking forward to some fresh blood,” he said.
“It’s impressive the resumes we get,” Maley said. “A lot of interest.”
The borough commissioners also approved the appointments of Kyle Jaroczynski and Paul Bonamassa as Firefighter/EMT’s with the Collingswood Fire Department. Jaroczynski and Bonamassa were not sworn in Monday.