Michael Lloyd

Former police chief Michael Lloyd, right, with his wife, Elizabeth, son Jake, and Mayor Gerald Tamburro. The township honored Lloyd, who announced he would retire in June, during the Aug. 5 council meeting. 

MONROE – The township council in August honored former police chief Michael Lloyd who officially retired in June after 31 years of service.

“We all thank you for your years of devoted service,” said Council President Stephen Dalina at the Aug. 5 meeting honoring Lloyd. “Your outstanding work ethic and professionalism [have] set the tone for the rest of the department. … We truly appreciate all your efforts.”

The township’s honoring of Lloyd came in front of a packed audience of community members, friends, family and also the recent first graduates of the departments Youth Police Academy.

“It truly was an honor and a privilege to serve the Township of Monroe for 31 years,” Lloyd said. “It was an honor and privilege to come to work every day and it was easy to come to work when the men and women, in the back of this room, were there beside me every day.”

Lloyd notified the township about his retirement in the spring. In the interim, the township named then-Capt. Michael Biennas the acting police chief and later appointed him the official chief, effective July 1.

Lloyd was the fourth police chief that township has had. He joined the department in 1988 as a dispatcher. In 2013 he was promoted to the police chief position. He graduated from the Middlesex County Police Academy and also the FBI National Academy.

“I really appreciate everything [and] all the support,” Lloyd said thanking his family, community, council and fellow police officers. “It’s been a great pleasure and I look forward to the future.”

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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.