SEA ISLE CITY – During the March 27 City Council meeting, Mayor Leonard Desiderio administered the oath of office to new Chief of Police Thomas McQuillen.
McQuillen, a native of Sea Isle City, joined the department in 1993 as a Class II officer and became part of the organization fulltime in 1999. A 1990 graduate of Ocean City High School, McQuillen is an Army veteran and a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is working toward his master’s degree in criminal justice.
In addition to leading the Sea Isle City Police Department, McQuillen also oversees the city’s Emergency Medical Services Division, Beach Patrol, Office of Emergency Management and Animal Control.
In accordance with a municipal ordinance, Sea Isle City’s chiefs of police are appointed by the mayor with the consent and approval of City Council.
“Council has been well aware of Chief McQuillen’s leadership abilities as he came up through the ranks, and we look forward to the continued success of our police department with him at the helm,” stated City Council President Mary Tighe in a release.
“I am certain that Chief McQuillen will maintain the high level of excellence that the Sea Isle City Police Department has long-possessed,” stated Mayor Desiderio. “I have every confidence in his abilities.”