Toms River Police Officers Promoted

Promotions follow retirement of Chief Michael Mastronardy

Photo: Christopher Raia
Photo: Christopher Raia
Six Toms River police officers received promotions this week. Mayor Thomas Kelaher swore in the officers during the start of the Jan. 28 township council meeting.

Jeffrey Lenox was promoted to captain, Christopher Dudzik  was promoted to lieutenant, Stephen Russell was promoted to sergeant, and Steven Bucci and Duncan MacRae werepromoted to detective. 

These officers are moving up in the ranks due to the recent retirement of Chief Michael Mastronardy and the promotion of Mitch Little to chief earlier this month.
Chu-Man-Fu February 01, 2014 at 06:21 AM
Maybe I need more coffee but I see six men in the picture and only five names in the article. A caption under the photo, identifying these officers, would have been nice as well. In any event Congratulations! Stay safe !
patch_reader February 01, 2014 at 07:15 AM
There are the 5 names mentioned, plus further down add Mitch in equals 6.
Bill Storm, February 01, 2014 at 07:19 AM
It appears no news agency follows the basic rules of journalism any more. What happened to the Who, What, When, Where, Why.
Chu-Man-Fu February 01, 2014 at 07:55 AM
Thanks , I knew it was me but I couldn't figure it out and missed it - Appreciate you're clearing it up for me - :)
Chu-Man-Fu February 01, 2014 at 08:00 AM
I agree with Bill - to be honest I don't know who is who in order of appearance in the picture
DsDaddy February 01, 2014 at 08:27 AM
I only know who Stephen Russell is because he is my neighbor...he is the shortest officer all the way to the right...with the bald head
Mortimer Snerd February 01, 2014 at 08:43 AM
Wrong... Little was not promoted "this week" and he is not in the photo, either. Which 6 guys were promoted (from left to right, as taught in Journalism 101)?
Chief Wahoo February 01, 2014 at 09:38 AM
Little is in the picture. 3rd guy in costume from right. I see the overpaid ticket writers all go to the same barber.
James Costello February 01, 2014 at 09:43 AM
Chief Wahoo do you ever say anything positive?? You must be a miserable person
James Costello February 01, 2014 at 09:50 AM
Left to right. Since you are all so worried about this. Bucci, Dudzik, Lenox, Little, Russel, MacRae....and yes from what i remember Little was actually promoted 1/1/14 to correspond with Mastronardy's retirement from the department.....that should clear up all the confusion...
Marynary February 01, 2014 at 11:44 AM
Where is the new assistant chief?
grace February 01, 2014 at 01:21 PM
money money money hey @ maruca...
Mortimer Snerd February 01, 2014 at 03:04 PM
Deputy chief is only in Kelaher's mind. Taxpayers don't want to spend the extra money for soothing the mayor's bruised ego when he opposed Little as chief.
mike mc February 01, 2014 at 10:54 PM
don't forget the newly CREATED job of "administrative assistant" to the chief, that is costing the taxpayers of toms river another $50,000+ a year, along with his secrataries salary..and another possible new position of deputy chief..why can't the deputy chief handle the job of "administrative assistant" ??seems since the former chief left were about to add at approx. 70k a year to the payroll not counting the above promotions. WOW !!!
jerseytomato February 02, 2014 at 07:10 AM
Congrats to all! That Bucci - what a fine looking male specimen. Absolute eye candy...
jasperpointpl February 02, 2014 at 10:48 AM
mike mc the newly "CREATED" job of the "administrative assistant" is also due to this guy being a officer in the local branch of Toms R republican club.


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