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Parsippany Hires Nine New Police Officers

Parsippany-Troy Hills Mayor James Barberio administers the Oath of Office to the nine newly hired police officers.

PARSIPPANY — Mayor James Barberio conducted a swearing-in ceremony for nine newly hired Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Officers on Thursday, January 5, at Parsippany Municipal Building.

The hiring of nine new police officers was unanimously approved when the council passed a resolution Wednesday authorizing their hire during the agenda meeting.

Captain Brian Dowd and Mayor James Barberio stand proudly with the nine new police officers sworn in on January 5.
Parsippany-Troy Hills Detective Robert Lenahan, his son Robert, Jr., and his wife, Barbara. Ptl. Robert Lenahan Jr. recently graduated from the Essex County Police Academy.
Captain Brian Dowd hands newly hired Patrolman Christopher Yi his badge. Yi will begin their career as a recruit at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy next week.

Ptl. Steven Harvey is coming from the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, Ptl. Paul Christal is coming from Morris Township Police Department, Ptl. Thomas Caccavale is coming from Franklin Township Police Department, Ptl. Evan Ruggiero is coming from the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and Ptl. Robert Lenahan Jr. recently graduated from the Essex County Police Academy. They begin their field training program next week.

Ptl. Robert Lenahan Jr. with Rockaway Borough Mayor Tom Mulligan

Ptl. Robert Seifert, Ptl. James Brennan, Ptl. Antonio Piccininni and Ptl. Christopher Yi will begin their career as a recruit at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy next week.

Newly sworn-in Ptl. Christopher Yi signed the oath of office.

Mayor James Barberio stated, “The Parsippany Police Department is one of the fundamental fabrics of our community. Hiring nine new Police Officers is essential to maintain public safety. I wish the Officers the best of luck throughout their careers in Parsippany. Thank you for dedicating your time and service to the greatest place to live.”

“Four we took from other towns, and five will be going to the academy,” said Barberio, a Republican who ousted Democratic Mayor Michael Soriano two years ago. “The four can start right away.”

“Parsippany Police are short-staffed due to a hiring freeze imposed during the previous administration that has the town down to 81 deployable officers compared to more than 100 five years ago,” Barberio said.

Mayor Barberio recently promoted Deputy Police Chief Richard Pantina to the top spot in the department. Pantina, with 36 years of experience, mostly in Parsippany, had served as acting chief since the June retirement of his predecessor, Police Chief Andrew Miller.

Pantina did not attend the swearing-in due to illness.

The council chambers were packed with family members, friends, and members of the Parsippany Police Department.
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Frank L. Cahill
Frank L. Cahill
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, President of Kiwanis Club of Tri-Town and Chairman of Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board.
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