George Meyer gets official nod as township police chief

He will be formally sworn in during the committee’s regularly scheduled March 13 meeting

By John Tredrea
   Capt. George Meyer, a 30-year veteran of the Hopewell Township Police Department, will be its new chief March 1.
   Capt. Meyer’s appointment was made official Tuesday with a unanimous vote of the Township Committee during its reorganization meeting.
   He will replace Michael Chipowsky, who will retire as chief on March 1.
   Under the resolution passed unanimously Tuesday night, Capt. Meyer’s salary as chief will be determined by the committee before March 1. He will be formally sworn in during the committee’s regularly scheduled March 13 meeting.
   Capt. Meyer, who attended Tuesday night’s meeting, stood briefly with a smile and wave to acknowledge the vigorous applause of the crowded municipal auditorium after his appointment was approved.
   Capt. Meyer has lived in the Titusville section of the township for 20 years with his wife, JoAnn. They have three daughters, ages 15, 13 and 10.
   A captain since 2002, he began work with the local department in September 1975. Since then he has served as: 1975-1983, patrol officer; 1983-1994, detective; 1994-1997, administrative/training sergeant; and 1997- 2002, operations lieutenant.
   A 1972 graduate of Hamilton High School East (Steinert), he received a bachelor’s degree in administration of justice in 2001 from Thomas Edison State College. He received a master’s degree in administrative science from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 2003.
   He also is a graduate of: West Point Leadership and Command (1996); Northwestern University, Traffic Institute, School of Police Staff and Command (1997); Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, Executive Management Program (2000); Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy 208th Session (2002) and Mid-Atlantic Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (2003).
   He was certified as an Eligible Law Enforcement Executive by the NJ State Chiefs of Police Association in 2002 and re-certified in 2005.
   His awards and commendations include: four Departmental Commendations; two Hopewell Township Departmental Awards of Merit; the New Jersey Bankers Association Award (1980); three Broad Street Bank Distinguished Service Awards; Policeman of the Year, Princeton Elks (1983); Mercer County 200 Club Valor Award (1986); Co-Worker Appreciation Award (1991); three Employee of the Year (police) awards; and the Departmental Award of Excellence (2004).