GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Two years ago two police officers were laid off amid a budget shortfall, but Tuesday evening two police officers were promoted following five ranking officer retirements over the last year.

Township police Chief Pat Moran said that over the last several years the department has been reduced in size due to budget cuts. Through attrition, the promotions were possible after the retirements of two lieutenants, one sergeant and two corporals, Moran told the council and public during the meeting.

Officer John Mooney, one of the two officers laid off two years ago, was returned to work in 2012.

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The promotions will increase the budget by about $17,000, but there is a cost savings compared with the costs of salaries and benefits for the five ranking officers who recently retired.

Officer Chris McGinty, a 10-year veteran of the force and 25-year township resident, was promoted to corporal. McGinty has been assigned to the department’s Detective Bureau for the last five years, Moran said.

K-9 Officer Mark D’Esposito was promoted to sergeant.

The department now has 48 sworn police officers, Moran said. At one time the department had 78 sworn officers, Mayor Don Purdy said.

“Our department is almost half of what it has been in the past and Galloway is not getting any smaller. Public safety has to stay strong in this township,” Purdy said.

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