WEST LONG BRANCH: In a special ceremony at Borough Hall, the West Long Brach Police Department, led by Chief Paul Habermann., 27-year veteran James Gomez was promoted to Lieutenant, another milestone for him since his career was begun with the police department at Monmouth College on October 2 1989.
Lt. Gomez, known widely as "Officer Jim", left Monmouth in 1994 to join West Long Branch PD. He had been recognized and honored at Monmouth for "Heroic Actions" in a criminal matter involving an individual armed with dangerous weapons.
He joined the First Aid in town in 1998, service to the community that set his commitment as a resident. His 2002 assignment included the role as one of the of police advisors in the DARE school project, DrugAbuse Resistance Education, in the WLB school systems.
The year 2003 saw Lt. Gomez assigned the role of Juvenile Officer, Forfeiture Officer, and Meghan's Law Compliance Officer. In that time frame he worked with the Monmouth County Probation Department, starting the Community Service program for this borough with adults and juveniles performed court-ordered community service.
Working with the "Body Armor Grant Program" he has attained more than $60,000 to date in that role. Promoted to Sergeant in 2006, Gomez's duties covered the Detective Office, Communications and Computer Specialist while also serving the Juvenile Section and the DARE Coordinator assignment. Citations he has been awarded include Exceptional Duty, Exceptional Arrest and three Life Saving awards.
Community service activities include Coach and Board Member on the WLB Sports Association, and the annual Recreation Committee's Fishing Derby and Fall Festival.
At his promotion ceremony his daughter Kristen pinned his Lieutenant bars as son James looked on. Many family members and friends were among the audience that included past PD Chiefs John Demaree and Larry Mihlon. The room rose in unison to applaud the new Lieutenant.
Congratulations and Best Wishes from Word on the Shore goes out to "Officer Jim."