After 26 years of service with the Cherry Hill Police Department, Police Chief William “Bud” Monaghan has announced his intention to retire this October.
“Working for the Cherry Hill Police Department and serving the Cherry Hill community has been the honor of a lifetime,” Monaghan said. “I want to thank all those who put their faith in me these past several years.”
Monaghan joined the department in 1995 and rose through the ranks before being appointed chief in January of 2014.
Under Monaghan’s leadership, the Cherry Hill Police Department has instituted several community-based programs aimed at connecting the police department with the public. Monaghan specifically focused on building close ties with various civic, cultural, youth and religious groups, and has developed strong relationships with the many facets of Cherry Hill’s population.
“I want to thank Chief Monaghan for his 26 years of service and leadership to the township and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors,” said Mayor Susan Shin Angulo.
Monaghan has also regularly attended community meetings to discuss issues facing Cherry Hill’s neighborhoods and has often took the time to personally follow up with residents himself. He has also focused heavily on police transparency, as the department was also an early adopter of technology like body-worn cameras.
“Chief Monaghan has been a valued partner in building bridges across all corners of our community. Town Council and I are grateful for his distinguished service and leadership,” said Council President David Fleisher.
The process to appoint Monaghan’s successor is now underway and will take place over the coming months.