Michael Biennas

Monroe Police Department Capt. Michael Biennas will become police chief on July 1, replacing Michael Lloyd who is retiring June 30. 

MONROE – The township mayor said on Monday that he appointed a captain to replace the retiring police chief.

Capt. Michael Biennas will replace Police Chief Michael Lloyd who retires on June 30. Biennas will take command on July 1.

The appointment does not require the council's approval, the township said. 

“I am honored to accept this appointment and I will strive to build upon the success of the dedicated individuals who have come before me as we protect and serve the people of our community,” Biennas said in a township news release announcing his appointment. “As a Monroe resident and active member of the community, I am committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for all of our Township residents.”

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Biennas has been with the police department for more than 30 years starting as a patrolman in December 1987. Since April he has served as acting police chief, while Lloyd has used his accrued time off until he retires, the township said in May.

“[Biennas] has proven himself throughout his 32 years on our police force and has been promoted through the ranks based on solid performance and strong command decisions,” said Mayor Gerald Tamburro in the news release. “I am confident that the Monroe Township Police Department – and our community as a whole – are in good hands with Chief Biennas at the helm.”

Lloyd started more than 30 years ago as a police dispatcher. He was appointed chief in 2013 replacing John Kraivec. Lloyd is a 2011 graduate of the FBI Nationals Academy, a program to enhance credentials and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge and cooperation worldwide.

“We are extremely grateful to Chief Lloyd for his years of service and we will continue the department’s professionalism and success under the leadership of our incoming police chief,” Tamburro said.

According to public pension records, Lloyd earned $243,103 and Biennas made $181,116 in 2018.

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Christopher Lang is a freelance correspondent for MonroeNow. Previously he was part of The Record-USA Today Network and served as an editor for a decade at NJMG.