My Dear Townspeople:
We are seeing a transition in our Police Department that is both bittersweet and wonderful at the same time, and it is tribute to our outgoing Chief, our incoming Chief, and the outstanding personnel of the Essex Fells Police Department that make it so.
Our Chief, Vincent A. Kulik, Jr., commenced employment with the Borough of Essex Fells’ Police Department in July, 1988 as a regular sworn officer. Patrolman Kulik quickly, and continually, embraced the duties and responsibilities of that position with enthusiasm, pleasantness, professionalism and dedication. His superb performance as a patrolman led to his promotion to Sergeant of the Police Department in January, 1998. Sergeant Kulik then successfully completed courses in Crash Investigations, Vehicle Dynamics, Speed Radar use, Alcotest and Breathalyzer Operator and Arson investigator, and willingly shared his expertise with his fellow officers and has ever since been a mentor and teacher to all the officers of the Police Department.
Then, in October, 2009, Vincent Kulik became the ninth Chief of the Essex Fells Police Department. Chief Kulik’s dedication and commitment to the residents of the Borough has always been of the highest order and represents all that is meant by the motto emblazed on the sides of our patrol cars, “TO PROTECT AND SERVE.” He is extremely well respected and admired by this Mayor and the governing bodies throughout his career in Essex Fells, as well as his fellow officers of the Essex Fells Police Department, the Police Departments of our surrounding towns, County and State, and the residents of Essex Fells for his constant care and professionalism. Chief Kulik always made himself available to everyone in town any time, often with no notice beforehand, and always responded with a warm, friendly, and ready to help attitude. He was always willing to go above and beyond whatever was asked of him. Chief Kulik loved being a police officer and the Borough loved him for that.
The Chief and I have a wonderful relationship forged out of many occurrences over the last 19 years of working together, some heartbreakingly tragic, some frustrating, some hilariously fun, but always built upon respect. I am very proud to call him my friend and a friend of the Borough.
Chief Kulik (Essex Fells Police Badge No. 158) is retiring from duty in the end of January, 2017 from the position and the Department he loves, and all of us owe him such tremendous thanks and respect for the lifetime of commitment and care that he has given to the residents of Essex Fells. I know everyone in town joins me in wishing Godspeed and good luck, and especially, extending a very sincere “thank you” to “our Chief” and his wife, Judy, as they go to the next chapter in their lives.
In February, 2017, Lieutenant William Theilacker will take the oath of office and become the 10th Chief of the Borough of Essex Fells’ Police Department. Soon-to-be Chief Theilacker has the thanks and support of every resident of the Borough as he embarks on this challenge and begins to make the Essex Fells Police Department his own as the Chiefs have done who have come before. We congratulate him, thank him and wish him all the very best.
Mayor – Borough of Essex Fells