Manchester Police Swear In New Officer

Michael O’Hara was sworn in Monday

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.  


Jim Bridges March 07, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Given current budget constraints and staffing levels, why is Manchester hiring anyone?
WhitingBoy March 07, 2013 at 06:44 PM
I’d rather you say “Why aren’t’ new hires using a 401K system rather than the pension system we know has hurt us?” There are a lot of things we can cut or change, but the MPD keeps this town safe, which is becoming increasingly hard to do. They need to be staffed to maintain our property values and quality of life. Make all public employees (teachers, municipal, PD, etc) eligible for a 401K...we have to honor the contracts and promises we made to existing employees however costly, but no need to keep making the same mistake.
KTP March 07, 2013 at 08:56 PM
WhitingBoy you are on the money. Additionally, I cannot even remotely understand how part-time employees (especially political positions) can be eligible for a pension....
John E March 08, 2013 at 05:53 PM
Welcome officer O'Hara, remember to stop crime not pull over every vehicle for nothing. Yes I agree the township needs to go 401k. Look at the retirement list for this town: one employee had only 30 months on the job and gets a pension ( small but adds up $41 per month)..another had only 22 months on the job higher salary so its $2,807 per month pension (less then two years on the job for Manchester)....unreal!
Grendal March 09, 2013 at 06:10 PM
That's one good looking cop


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