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Jul 01, 2017

Colts Neck Township News Notes

By Nicholas Deckmejian


Police Officer Daniel DeVito Promoted to Rank of Sergeant

At the May 24 Colts Neck Township Committee meeting, Daniel DeVito was promoted to the rank of sergeant of the Colts Neck Police Department. With the room lined with members of the police force and a crowd of friends and family, it was a great moment of pride for the township.

Chief Kevin Sauter explained that the selection process involved a written exam, three oral exams with outside police chiefs, and a compartmental command staff interview.  “You put all those together and come up with a score, and congratulations to Danny: you came out number one.” The chief shared that Sgt. DeVito grew up in Colts Neck and comes from a great family of volunteers. He has been with the department since 2003. Chief Sauter said, “Over last several years, Danny has been working hard in our patrol division, along with earning his master’s degree at night.” The chief gave special thanks to Sgt. DeVito’s wife, Michelle, for being such a great support and praised the great job they’re doing in raising a family.

Sgt. DeVito thanked Mayor Macnow and the rest of the committee, along with his family and friends, for this opportunity. He said, “I’m looking forward to this next chapter of my life and to serving the residents. I appreciate all the support.”


Clean Communities Poster Contest

On May 24, the township committee welcomed many fourth grade students who participated in the Clean Communities Poster Contest. Describing it as always “a good night for Colts Neck,” Mayor Macnow congratulated the students for their work to help promote cleaning the community. The students created and submitted posters to encourage people to stop littering. Winners from each homeroom received certificates to honor their hard work and creative thinking.



At the May 24 township committee meeting, Mayor Macnow appointed Shirley Miller to the Historic Preservation Committee and Joanna Connelly, who the mayor said was “highly recommended,” to the Farmland and Open Space Committee.


DPW Promotions

At the June 14 township committee meeting, there were several promotions of Department of Public Works personnel. Michael Shead was promoted to heavy equipment operator 1, and Charles Sickles, Michael O’Reilly, and Keith Otten were all promoted to laborer.


Verizon Fios

At the June 14 township committee meeting, Municipal Clerk Beth Kara gave the administrator’s report in place of Kathleen Capristo. While going over some upcoming July events, she explained that Verizon was busy installing Fios cable throughout the area. Some residents were concerned about potential damages to their lawns caused by the workers. According to the report, Verizon has committed to handling any damages themselves with no burden on the homeowner.