MONROE – With a new chief in place, the police department has promoted four officers, including naming a new captain.

Monroe native Lt. Lisa Robinson was promoted to police captain, replacing Michael Biennas who was named police chief after Michael Lloyd retired in June.

Receiving a higher rank along with Robinson were Sgt. John Strych to lieutenant, and officers Brian Burns and Brian Dziomba were promoted to sergeants.

Robinson joined the department in 1997 and has held multiple ranking positions including patrol division commander. She is an Army veteran and served in the National Guard. Robinson has undergrad and graduate degrees from Rutgers University and Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Strych started at the department in 1993 as a dispatcher. The Monroe resident left briefly for the Mantoloking Police Department before returning in 1997 to the patrol division. In 2014, he was promoted to sergeant and has since been a shift supervisor in the patrol division. Strych earned a criminal justice associate’s degree from Brookdale Community College.

In 2002, Burns joined the township police department and is currently a senior officer for the patrol division. At times he has also served as the division’s shift commander. He has an undergrad degree from Kean University.

Dziomba started in 2005 and was moved to the detective bureau in 2010. He is a member of the Middlesex County Task Force that investigates drug trafficking, guns, and illegal gang activity. He is a graduate of Seton Hall University.

“The Monroe Township Police Department is one of the most professional police departments in the state. Our Police Department has made us the safest city in Middlesex County and fourth safest in the state,” said Mayor Gerald W. Tamburro in a statement on Aug. 1 about the promotions.

The township council will hold a swearing-in ceremony at the Sept. 4 meeting.

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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.