CALDWELL, NJ - After serving 26 and a half years with the West Caldwell Police Department, Chief of Police Michael J. Bramhall announced on Tuesday that he will be retiring from his position as of July 1. The township's Governing Body will follow a process set by local ordinance to appoint his replacement.
At the age of 21, Bramhall entered the West Caldwell force on December 17, 1988, direct from completing his Criminal Justice Associate’s Degree from the County College of Morris. After 21 years, he was made Police Chief, sworn in by Mayor Joseph Tempesta, Jr., on Nov. 24, 2009. He will be 47 upon his retirement.
Bramhall expressed that he had been thinking about retiring for the past few months.
"Once I hit 25 years in December, 2013,
For the past 10 months, Bramhall has also been serving as the township's Assistant Administrator; once he retires, he will no longer serve in that capacity. As far as the chief's retirement benefits, pension and accumulated vacation and sick time, the township has not yet prepared that information.
"As a community we have been fortunate to have Chief Bramhall
It appears that the future is wide-open for Chief Bramhall. He reported that he plans on staying in the West Essex area and is looking forward to taking a few months off after retirement to relax.