Michael O’Hara was sworn in Monday by Manchester Mayor Michael Fressola, making him the newest officer on the Manchester Police force.
Michael O’Hara is a 2006 graduate of Toms River High School South and a 2012 graduate of The Ramapo College of New Jersey, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Law and Society.
While in high school, O’Hara participated in track and field, football and graduated with a class ranking of 36 out of 380 students.
After high school, Michael O’Hara worked as a Class I Special Police Officer for the Seaside Park Police Department for three summers.
In 2011, he graduated the Class II Special Officer training class at the Ocean County Police Academy as a member of the 29th class, where he achieved an academic average of 94.94. In July 2012, he was accepted into the NJ Department of Corrections 227th Correctional Staff Training Class and successfully graduated in November of 2012.
While in the Correctional Officer training class he was the recipient of the Professionalism Award, received a certificate of Merit for his exceptional performance and achieved an overall academic average of 96.08. Upon receiving an offer of employment from the Manchester Police Division, O’Hara resigned from his position as a correctional officer in good standing.
The hiring ceremony took place in the civic center at the Manchester Municipal complex and was attended by several members of Michael O’Hara’s family, Manchester Police Chief Brian Klimakowski, Manchester Councilman James Vaccaro Sr., Manchester Business Administrator Elena Zsoldos, Manchester CFO Diane Lapp, in addition to several other Manchester Township employees and members of the Manchester Police Division.
During the ceremony, Mayor Fressola administered the Oath of Office. After administering the Oath, Michael’s mother, Margaret pinned his badge upon his chest. The ceremony concluded with Michael O’Hara thanking his family for their support and thanking the Manchester Township Mayor, Council and Police Division for the “…opportunity to serve”.
Michael O’Hara has been assigned to veteran Manchester Police Officer Patrick Cervenak, one of the Division’s Field Training Officers to begin an intensive twelve week Field Training and Evaluation Program. Upon successful completion of the Field Training Program, O’Hara will be assigned to a patrol squad based on seniority.