WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – Retired Washington Township Police Chief Ted M. Ehrenburg passed away this week.
The police department posted news of his death on Facebook, saying “It is with deep regret and sadness that we announce the passing of retired Chief Ted M. Ehrenburg. He was a member of the Washington Township Police Department from August 1, 1978 to his retirement on March 15, 2006.”
Ted was hired by Washington Township in 1978, as a probationary police officer. Previous to this he served Randolph Township as a Special Police Officer. He attended the Morris County Police Academy and served as Vice President for his class, which graduated on December 8, 1978. Ted then joined the patrol division of the police department as a patrol officer.
Ted served as a detective, both in 1983 and in 1985. He was ultimately promoted to sergeant in October 1986. Thereafter, Ted achieved the rank of Lieutenant in June 1992, serving the department in various administrative capacities. In April of 1995 Ted took over the executive position, as Chief of Police. He served as the chief until his retirement in March of 2006.
As Chief of Police, Ted was instrumental with modern advancements in policing. He introduced standard operating procedures, which helped the department to be more professional in dealing with the needs of the community. Ted was a huge advocate of the community policing philosophy. At the time the department was extremely involved with community-based programs such as: DARE, Senior Aid and Assistance, PRIDE (a supplemental unit to assist the First aid squad with medical emergencies), Neighborhood Watch, and National Night out. Which at the time drew record attendance from the community.
Ted was also influential for the movement of police headquarters from our former location at 214 West Mill Rd to our current headquarters. The new station was equipped with state-of-the-art communications equipment and allowed for the department to better serve the growing community.
Ted was also a big proponent of higher education for the modern officer. He obtained his Associates Degree from CCM in 1978. His Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from William Paterson in 1980. He completed his graduate studies at Seton Hall, obtaining a degree in Education in 1991. Ted then obtained his Certified Public Managers Certificate in 1993. He then was the first officer of the agency to attend and graduate form the NJSCOP West Point Command and Leadership training class. A comprehensive 16-week program geared towards law enforcement leadership.
Ted was currently Hackensack’s City Manager. Hired in 2016, Ehrenburg’s steady and experienced leadership brought a level of professionalism and competence to city government that has benefitted all residents. Mayor John Labrosse has ordered that city flags will be flown at half mast in Ehrenburg’s honor and the City Council meeting scheduled for April 6th will be postponed to a later date, according to a post on the City of Hackensack’s website.
“This is a shocking and terrible loss for our city and my thoughts and prayers are with Ted’s family during this trying time as they must confront a truly incalculable loss,” said Hackensack Mayor Labrosse said. “Ted Ehrenburg will be remembered as a consummate professional and someone who truly cared about making our city a better place each and every day he came to City Hall, and he will be greatly missed. The City Council and I will be announcing steps in the coming days to ensure that city services continue to be delivered without interruption and on how we plan to fill the City Manager role moving forward.”
During his time in Hackensack, Ehrenburg effectively managed city operations and employees while also overseeing Hackensack’s ongoing rebirth with its Downtown Redevelopment plan. He implemented several initiatives designed to make city government more efficient and also made a point to personally address resident concerns, no matter how big or small. Prior to his time in Hackensack, Ted worked as a municipal Business Administrator in Bloomfield and Bloomingdale.
“We express our condolences to the entire Ehrenburg family as they go through this difficult time,” Washington Township police said.