Director of Public Safety Named

Director of Public Safety Named Michael Achey, Acting Township Manager this week announced the hiring of Stephen A. Addezio to the position of Director of Public Safety, effective July, 2006. The Medford Township Council created this new position by Ordinance earlier this year to administer the Public Safety Department, which includes the Police Division, the Fire Division, and Emergency Medical Services. The Director of Public Safety is a civilian position.

Addezio previously served Medford’s Police Department for 25 years, retiring in October 2002 after holding the dual position of Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety for two years. He holds a master’s degree in Public Safety Administration from St. Joseph’s University, has attended the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia and the National Fire Academy; and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Glassboro State College (Rowan University). He has also actively served in the Runnemede and Cherry Hill Fire Departments, and is currently Deputy Chief of Evesham’s Fire Department. He holds many certifications from the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the NJ Association of Chiefs of Police, and the NJ Division of Fire Safety. He also has been certified for 27 years by the NJ State Department of Health as an Emergency Medical Technician.

Said Achey “The selection process was difficult, as we had a stellar pool of applicants whom we interviewed, including internal candidates. With the number of qualified candidates, it was a hard choice. However, Steve’s experience with Medford, starting as a Patrol Officer and culminating as the Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety, made him pre-eminently qualified to hold this newly created position. During Steve’s successful tenure with the Medford Police Department, he was instrumental in the employment of full-time career firefighters, enhanced community policing programs, and communications equipment upgrades to the dispatch center. While with Medford, he pursued his position with energy and diligence, and his detailed knowledge of Medford’s Public Safety operations will ensure a smooth and successful transition into this new position."

Addezio currently serves as Assistant to the Vice-President of Administrative Services/Director of Public Safety for Camden County College, with responsibility for three campuses. He resides in Marlton with his wife and children.

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