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Chief Mark Spitzer, a Mount Olive Township resident, served the township from 1983 to 2016. He was promoted to Chief in May 2007. He worked previously as the Operations Division Commander as well as in the Patrol Division, Task Force Unit, the Special Operations Unit, Internal Affairs, the Field Training Unit and Investigations Division. He has received numerous departmental awards including an Exceptional Duty Award, two Meritorious Service Awards, a Life Saving Award, four Grand Cordons, two Honorable Service Awards, a Program Development Award and two Educational Achievement Awards. In 1989, Spitzer received the Knights of Columbus Shield Award for his role in the investigations of several bank robberies and a homicide. In 2002, he was awarded the Executive Leadership Award by Northwestern University Center for Public Safety.
Chief Spitzerís wife, Colleen, is a former police dispatcher and crossing guard, his grandfather, Frederick, was a Newark Police Officer for over 41 years, and his brother Michael is currently serving as a Police Sergeant in Mount Olive Township.
Spitzer received his Associate in Science Degree from County College of Morris in Criminal Justice, has earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology and his Master of Arts Degree in Leadership and Public Administration at Centenary College. He is also a graduate of Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, West Point's Command and Leadership Program, the Center for Public Safetyís Executive Management Program and the FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Program. He is a Certified Chief Law Enforcement Executive (NJSACOP).
Chief Spitzer is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) and the Morris County Police Chief's Association. He is the founder and past president of the Morris County Superior Officers Association and a Team Leader for the Morris County Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team (CISD), a member of the County College of Morris Alumni Association, Northwestern University Traffic Institute Alumni Association, Blue Knights Chapter IX Motorcycle Club, Saint Michaels Soldiers Inc., Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge #122, and the Mount Olive Township Police Athletic League (PAL). He has been Board of Directors for the Center for Evaluation and Counseling (CEC) since 1996; he currently serves as the Boardís Vice President. He is an Advisory Board Member for the Mount Olive Child Care and Learning Center (MOCCLC) and also serves as an Advisory Board Member of the Institute of Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Education (iLEESE) at Centenary College. He has previously served on the Mount Olive Municipal Alliance Committee and the Mayorís Youth Advisory Committee. In Mount Olive Township he has served as an assistant recreation track coach, a recreation wrestling coach, a football coach, a lacrosse coach and served as the President Of the Mount Olive Junior Lacrosse League.
Chief Spitzer retired in July 2016 after 33 years of dedicated service to the residents of Mount Olive Twp.