By Rose Krebs Staff writer Burlington County Times
MOUNT HOLLY — After 25 years with the police department, Chief Steve Martin has decided the time has come to retire.
On Wednesday, the Township Council accepted Martin’s resignation effective Dec. 31. A resolution was added to the agenda to accept the resignation. Martin will use time off accrued for the rest of the year and his last day on the job was a few days ago.
Lt. William Seitz has been serving as officer in charge for the past few weeks as Martin prepared to leave his post. But on Thursday, Township Manager Eric Berry said he appointed Lt. Thomas Mastrangelo as officer in charge starting immediately.
“Mount Holly has been good to me,” Martin said Thursday. “I worked with the best cops around as I see it. I’ll miss it.”
Martin, 45, says he eventually plans to enter the private work force. During his decorated career in law enforcement, he served with Burlington Township and Mount Holly’s department. He came to Mount Holly in March 1988, working his way up the rank from patrolman to the chief position in 2008.
The council approved a resolution honoring Martin for his years of service, including his work with the special response team, the Burlington County Joint Tactical Team, and as acting township manager from November 2012 to September 2013.
Also on Wednesday, the council took action to create a captain position in the department. An ordinance, which was not on the agenda nor was a copy provided to the public, was passed on first reading to create the position.
After the meeting, township solicitor George Saponaro said the ordinance was recommended by labor counsel, Kathleen Boncyzk of Long Marmero and Associates of Woodbury, Gloucester County. He said it will be considered on second reading Oct. 27.
Berry said Mastrangelo was appointed officer in charge Thursday to “ensure a smooth transition.”
Based on council’s action Wednesday, Berry said it seems council wants to stick with having a police chief on the force. Berry was not at the meeting.
At the time Seitz was made officer in charge, Berry also declared himself public safety director. He said the moves were intended to give the council the option of having an officer in charge and public safety director instead of police chief.
Once the captain position is in place, officials said the intention is to put someone in that post in an acting capacity until a chief appointment is made.