CARNEYS POINT – Just after 6:00 PM this evening, the Carneys Point Municipal Courtroom was filled with members of law enforcement and the community at large to salute Gerald A. Krivda as he was sworn in as the new Chief of Police for Carneys Point Township. The motion was passed by the Township Council unanimously.
Culminating service of 17 years in law enforcement, Chief Krivda’s swearing in was witnessed by members of every law enforcement department within Salem County including Sheriff Miller and Deputy Warden Anthony Wright, also a former Councilman for Carneys Point. Salem County Prosecutor John T. Lenahan gave a brief speech congratulating Krivda stating, “Gerry is a good man and a great officer. He will be a great Chief.”
Carneys Point’s newly appointed Chief had a brief speech that was both direct and sincere. “To my officers, know that you have my support. I pledge to create an environment where you matter and I ask that you help me to create an environment with less ‘me’ and more ‘team’.” Throughout the speech, Krivda mentioned honesty, integrity, and competence several times. He promised to both his team and the community that, “Good work will be recognized and incompetence will not be ignored.”
Chief Krivda hoped to change some perceptions within the community as well. “I will earn your trust. We will conduct this department in an open and honest fashion.” He went on to show his support to his entire team by quoting Theodore Roosevelt who said, “The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.” An expertly chosen quote from what we expect to be a wise and unifying leader.
Before the session took recess, Chief Krivda had one closing remark that rang clear and cut through the joy in the room. With conviction in his voice enough to match the intensity of a comic book superhero, he voiced this message: “To any evil-doers that want to come into our town, good luck.”