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Three Newton police officers receive promotions

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – In a promotion ceremony held on June 2, on the lawn of the Newton Municipal Building before members of the Newton Town Council, Lieutenant Steven VanNieuwland was promoted to Chief, Sergeant Scott King was promoted to Lieutenant and Detective Dan Finkle was promoted to Sergeant.

Chief VanNieuwland was hired in January of 2000 and attended the 201st Municipal Class at the New Jersey State Police in Sea Girt NJ. In 2017, he was promoted to Sergeant and supervised the Detective Bureau as Detective Sergeant. In 2020, Steve was promoted to Lieutenant and where he supervised 2 squads, the 9-1-1 communication center and crossing guards.

Lt. King was born and raised in Newton, he served in the US Air Force and has been a Sergeant since July 2014. He was sworn in with his wife and one of his two sons at his side by Municipal Clerk Lorraine Read and Mayor Matthew S. Dickson.

Sgt. Finkle began his career with the Newton Police Department as a Public Safety Telecommunicator for the in 2003. In 2006, he was hired by Chief John Tomasula and attended the Somerset County Police Academy. He served in the Patrol Division for over 13 years. In 2019 Sgt. Finkle was assigned to the Detective Bureau where he coordinated investigations into all types of crime.

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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