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Avalon Police Dept. Promotes Pair

Posted June 27th 2022

After Avalon Police Department Capt. John Roscoe’s recent retirement, Sean McNair was sworn in as the new captain, and Matthew Ardelean as the new sergeant to take his place. Mayor Martin Pagliughi administered the oaths of office during a recent Borough Council meeting.

“Avalon recognizes Captain Roscoe for his long career of exemplary public service to our community,” Pagliughi said. “Avalon is very fortunate to have young, capable leaders like Sean and Matthew who are assuming important leadership positions within the department. Both individuals have earned their promotions as we maintain the best police department in our region.”

McNair has been a part of the department since 2005, and a full-time officer since his completion of the Cape May County Police Academy in 2008. He has held the position of sergeant since 2014.

Ardelean was first hired as a Class II officer in 2013 after graduating from Stockton University with a criminal justice degree. He is the department’s first Law Enforcement Against Drugs (L.E.A.D.) police officer.

“The Avalon Police Department is extremely fortunate to promote individuals with stellar work ethic and commitment to public service like Captain McNair and Sergeant Ardelean,” said Police Chief Jeffrey Christopher. “Captain Roscoe was an invaluable member of this department for 30 years. He had an impeccable career, and his dedication and experience will be missed.”

Roscoe’s entire 30-year career in law enforcement, starting just a few days after his graduation from the police academy in 1992, was with the Avalon Police Department. He has served in almost every capacity, from his hiring as a Class I officer in 1992 up to his promotion to captain in 2018.
“I feel pretty good after 30 years,” he said. “Proud and honored to serve Avalon – I owe Avalon everything.”

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