Mayor Jame Barberio sworn in Paul Philipps to the position of Chief of Police for the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills this morning at Parsippany-Troy Hills Municipal Building.
Chief Philipps was serving as Acting Chief upon the retirement of Anthony DeZenzo on March 1. Chief Philipps will also be assuming the duties of Director of the Office of Emergency Management.
Chief Paul Phillips first began his career as a Police Officer in Parsippany in 1979. During his 33 year tenure he has served as Patrol Officer, Patrol Sergeant, D.A.R.E. Officer, D.A.R.E. Coordinator, Youth Services Sergeant, Planning and Research Sergeant, Police Explorers Coordinator, Lieutenant in the Investigative Division, Investigative Division Commander, Internal Affairs Division Commander, Support Services Division Commander, Patrol Division Commander, Investigative Division Commander and Deputy Chief.
He is the recipient of numerous awards including Command Citations, a Unit Commendation, an Exceptional Duty Award and a Meritorious Service Medal. In addition, Chief Philipps currently volunteers as an associate SCUBA diver and dive coordinator with Parsippany’s Rescue and Recovery Unit.
Chief Philipps received an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice from the County College of Morris, attended Seton Hall University and has Bachelors and Masters degrees from Farleigh Dickinson University. In addition, Chief Philipps is a graduate of the West Point Leadership and Command Program. He resides in Parsippany with his wife, Grace, and two sons, Tom and Paul.