The Chief of Police is the highest-ranking officer in the Police Department. As a general manager of the Police Department, the Chief is responsible for the planning, efficient administration and operation of the Police Department.
The current Chief is Michael T. Hughes, Jr. He is a lifelong resident of Egg Harbor Township and graduate of Egg Harbor Township High School (Class of 1988). He has been with the Egg Harbor Township Police Department for 30 years. Chief Hughes has worked in various assignments in the Egg Harbor Township Police Department. These assignments include: Communications, Patrol, Emergency Response Team, Field Training Unit, Traffic Safety Unit, Criminal Investigations and Internal Affairs Unit. Chief Hughes has a Master's Degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Responsibilities of the Chief of Police
The Chief of Police directs, plans, and coordinates the enforcement the ordinances of the Township, and the laws of the state and nation for the purpose of protecting persons and property and for the preservation of the peace of the community. The Chief is responsible for testifying before the Township Committee, the state and national legislative bodies on law enforcement matters of importance to the Township of Egg Harbor, as well as proposing new or amending existing legislation which could have an impact on law enforcement.
The Chief attends various meetings to keep members informed about any issue related to the Department’s operations, and to respond to citizens’ complaints or concerns. The Chief acts on all matters related to disciplinary issues and recommends awards for exemplary conduct of the Department’s sworn and civilian employees. The Chief also makes presentations to private citizens’ community groups, churches, schools, and the business and industrial community to promote the goals and missions of the Police Department and to solicit their input in making the Township of Egg Harbor a safe place in which to live, visit and conduct business.
During a state of emergency such as civil disturbance in the Township, the Chief assumes a leadership role in planning, coordinating and directing all activities aimed at restoring peace in the Township or otherwise returning conditions to normal.
The Chief has jurisdiction within the Township of Egg Harbor and line command authority over 90 sworn and 37 civilian employees. The official duties of the Chief are described in the Township Code.
The Egg Harbor Township Police Department (EHTPD) is an organization of approximately 130 women and men who are responsible for maintaining a safe, crime-free environment. The Chief of Police administers an annual budget of approximately $11 million dollars and has over 90 sworn officers under his jurisdiction. The Chief of Police reports to the Mayor and Township Committee and interacts with the Township Business Administrator. The Chief is responsible for the conduct of operations, the efficient and effective utilization of the Department's financial and human resources and is ultimately accountable to the Township of Egg Harbor.