CRANFORD, NJ — James Wozniak will retire as chief of the Cranford Police Department at the end of the month, three-and-a-half years after taking the job and after 25 years on the township force.
“The Township of Cranford is grateful for the many years of service that Chief Wozniak gave to the citizens of Cranford,” Cranford Mayor Thomas Hannen Jr. said “During his tenure as chief, he instituted many innovative ideas that has continued to make the Cranford Police Department one of the premier law enforcement agencies in the county and state.
“We thank him for a job well done and we wish him and his family the best as they transition to the next chapter of their lives.”
The Township Committee thanked Wozniak for his 25 years at last week’s meeting. A separation agreement will be prepared by the township attorney between Cranford and Wozniak.
Wozniak graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va., last year. He is a resident of Cranford, and he joined the police force shortly after he graduated high school. He was promoted to sergeant in 2002. He was the emergency services coordinator, communications supervisor and records division commander.
In March 2014, he was chosen as the new chief of police and worked as captain the previous year. Prior to that he worked as patrol lieutenant and investigations division commander.
Wozniak earned his associate’s degree in police service at Union County College and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Seton Hall University while working as a police officer. He was the 10th chief of police and also played as No. 10 on Cranford High School’s football team.