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Hackettstown police chief set to retire after 29-year career

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ (Warren County) – After serving the Hackettstown community for 29 years, Police Chief James Macaulay will step down October 1.

“I sincerely want to thank you for the distinct honor of serving this special community for nearly three decades,” Macaulay said.

“Twenty-nine years ago, the Town of Hackettstown gave a young man a chance to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming a police officer and serving in his family tradition of law enforcement and I hope I have not disappointed you,” Macaulay said.

(Photo: James Macaulay)

“During my career, I have worked alongside some very special officers who work tirelessly to make this community a safe place to live and work. Please support these outstanding officers no matter what the national temperature is towards law enforcement,” Macaulay said.

“I would also be remiss if I did not thank the present and past mayors, council members and administration who have supported our department and myself over the years. I would also like to thank the Hackettstown DPW, Hackettstown Fire Department and the Hackettstown Rescue Squad who give so much for the sake of others,” Macaulay said.

“Over the past 29 years, I have witnessed the full circle of life during my duties and have seen the best and worst society has to offer. I have made many friends in this community along this wonderful journey and although I will no longer be your Chief of Police, I will always be available to help this town and the department in any way I can,” Macaulay said.

“Although my time in a Hackettstown Police uniform is coming to a close, I will always be a Hackettstown Police Officer at heart. I once again thank you for the fond memories and although I don’t know what the next phase of my life will bring, I will always cherish my time serving you and commanding the best men and women in law enforcement I have ever known!,” Macaulay said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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