PARSIPPANY — Mayor Michael Soriano held a swearing-in of Parsippany’s newest Police Chief Andrew Miller, and Captain Thomas Carney on Thursday, March 15.
Miller appointed as Acting Chief on March 1, officially takes the position of Parsippany’s top brass. In his opening address, Soriano said he was informed that Miller is the eighth chief in the history of Parsippany.
Chief Miller took the oath of office in the Municipal Building, surrounded by family, friends, elected officials and residents of Parsippany.
Miller replaced Paul Philipps who retired on February 28.
“I don’t want to make one decision as chief without it being knowledge-based. It’s about communication and collaboration and constant assessment and reassessment, and making myself available to every member of this department, the community and the mayor’s office. That is my pledge,” Miller said.
Captain Miller has served with the Parsippany Police Department for twenty-six years, most recently serving as commander of the Investigative Division. In addition to eight years of honorable service in the New Jersey Army National Guard, he holds a Master’s Degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is also the recipient of eleven awards and commendations from the Parsippany Police Department, including the Exceptional Duty Medal and Life Saving Award.
“Having proudly served the Parsippany Police Department for twenty-six years, it is with great excitement that I accept the honor of serving as Chief of Police,” Miller commented. “This incredible opportunity is owed to the Parsippany Police Officers who I’ve worked for and with over the years, whose leadership, influence and shared job experiences provide the knowledge and ability necessary for me to assume this trust. To Mayor Michael Soriano, your confidence and trust in me is greatly appreciated.”
Former Police Chief Paul Philipps, Morris County Freeholder Heather Darling, Morris County Prosecutor Fred Knapp, Parsippany-Troy Hills Council President Paul Carifi, Jr., Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Michael dePierro, Councilwoman Loretta Gragnani, Parsippany-Troy Hills Town Clerk Khaled Madin, Director of Utilities Jonathan Nelson, Parsippany Business Administrator Ellen Sandman, Parsippany CFO Ann Cucci, Chief of Staff Matt Clarkin, Public Information Officer Tom Jones were among the officials at the ceremony.
“I want to congratulate Chief Miller. It was an honor and a privilege being able to be there today for his swearing in. I have known Andy for his entire career and he has always been a true professional and an excellent police officer,” said Council President Paul Carifi, Jr.
“Two Good Police Officers … I wish them the best,” said Councilman Michael J. dePierro.
In addition to swearing-in Chief Miller, Lieutenant Thomas Carney was promoted to Captain.
Captain Thomas Carney has been a member of the Parsippany Police Department for 26 years. He became a Sergeant in 2005, Lieutenant in 2010, and was appointed as a Provisional Captain between April 2014 and April 2017. He has previously commanded both the Support Service Division and the Patrol Division. He will now reassume the position of Division Commander for the Patrol Division.
During his career, he has received numerous Unit Citations and Letters of Commendation. His training includes the NJ Chief of Police West Point Command & Leadership Program, Supervision & Police Management FBI Program, Advanced Police Traffic Control Engineering, Special Large Events Management Program and numerous other certifications.