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Little Sworn in As Police Chief, Will Take Over New Years Day

Photo: Toms River Twp
Photo: Toms River Twp
Toms River Police Capt. Mitch Little was officially sworn in as the department's new chief Monday, and will take over the position from current chief Michael Mastronardy at 12 a.m. New Years Day.

Mastronardy will officially give up the post at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday and is set to be sworn in as Ocean County Sheriff shortly.

To become chief of police, Little signed the formal documents at town hall on Monday morning, officials said.

“The first of this year, Mitch Little will assume the duties of Toms River Police Chief, with a ceremonial swearing in on Jan. 7 at the [township] council re-organization meeting,” Mayor Thomas Kelaher said in a prepared statement.

"I’m grateful to the Mayor and Council for granting me this opportunity," Little said on Dec. 23, when he was formally nominated for the chief's position. "In my first year, I want to get several projects organized and I want to concentrate on the most serious issues that the town is facing at this time, which are the crime rates and the drug problem."

Also at the Jan. 7 meeting, the council is expected to re-create the office of Deputy Police Chief, a position which is slated to be given to current Capt. Steven Henry.
Chief Wahoo December 30, 2013 at 06:22 PM
You should see this guy in tights on a balance beam !!!
Mortimer Snerd December 30, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Kelaher wanted the second-place finisher, so a new position is being created to soothe the mayor's ego. Your tax dollars at work, providing therapy to Uncle Tom.
grace December 31, 2013 at 08:59 AM
2nd place finisher should have been captain..favors all over our beloved toms river...must say tho he is cute lol
1stcav December 31, 2013 at 09:54 AM
If I can't play second base , then I'm taking MY ball and going home..Boss Hog and Friends of Ocean County's GOP >>you voted them in yet again , you get what you deserve !
grace December 31, 2013 at 03:48 PM
ha good !one kinda wondered myself @maruca
bayway mike December 31, 2013 at 08:21 PM
I've seen Chief Little at one of the watering holes in Toms River, but I cannot recall which one..
Joe LaBruzza January 04, 2014 at 04:28 PM
congrats to Mitch Little. he deserves it and will serve TR well!!

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