Two longtime police officers promoted to new ranks

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Christopher Leonhardt, with his wife Nicole and their five children, was sworn in by Borough Clerk Antoinette Jones as the Point Pleasant Police Department’s newest lieutenant at the July 27 council meeting. [COURTESY OF FRANK PANNUCCI JR.]

POINT PLEASANT — Two longtime borough officers have been promoted to new ranks within the Point Pleasant Police Department.

During the July 27 meeting of the borough council, Sgt. Christopher Leonhardt was promoted to lieutenant in the wake of the retirement of Lt. Leon Downs; while Officer Loren MacIver was promoted to sergeant to fill the vacancy created by the promotion of Lt. Leonhardt.

“We are blessed here in Point Borough. We have an outstanding police department consisting of men and women who are dedicated to the well-being of our community,” Mayor Robert Sabosik said. 

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“While we wish Lt. Downs all the best on his well-deserved retirement, we are grateful to have officers that are capable of moving up the ranks and serving our residents. In Lt. Leonhardt and Sgt. MacIver, we have two individuals that embody everything one hopes to have in an officer. 

“They both not only are dedicated to police work, but they are also dedicated to their families and our community. I am happy to have them as part of our police department’s leadership.”

According to Chief Richard Larsen, Lt. Leonhardt will be assigned to the evening shift as the Watch Commander and Officer In Charge of the shift.

Lt. Leonhardt began his career in law enforcement as an officer in the Allenhurst Police Department before joining the Point Pleasant Police Department in 2002 in the Patrol Bureau.

He has served the last five-and-a-half years as a sergeant assigned to the Patrol Bureau after being promoted to the rank in 2014.

“I am really looking forward to it. It is a very youthful, energetic group of guys I will be working with,” Lt. Leonhardt told The Ocean Star. “I have been working with them for the last five-and-a-half years as a sergeant so I am familiar with them already.

“With everything of course it is important to be very visible and very active and supportive in the community and I think that is what this town is really about. People in this town are awesome and they see the officer behind the badge, they see us as people, they don’t just see us as a figure of authority.”

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