Chief Robert Mulligan

The Chief of Police is the head of the Hazlet Township Police Department appointed by the Mayor and Committee and responsible for the day-to-day operation of the police department.  Acting to preserve public trust and peace, the Chief oversees 41 Full Time Officers, 3 Special Officers and Civilian Staff.   

In addition to the everyday duties of the Chief of Police, he is responsible for the following duties:

(A) Administer and enforce rules, regulations, and special emergency directives for the disposition and discipline of the Department and its officers and personnel;

(B) Have, exercise and discharge the functions, powers and duties of the Police Department;

(C)  Prescribe the duties and assignments of all subordinates and all personnel;

(D) Delegate such of his authority as he may deem necessary for the efficient operation of the Police Department to be exercised under his direction and supervision; and

(E) Report at least monthly to the appropriate authority in such form as shall be prescribed by such authority on the operation of the Police Department during the preceding month and make such other reports as may be requested by such authority.

Chief Robert Mulligan is a life long resident of Hazlet Township. He graduated from Raritan High School in 1995 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Seton Hall University in 2000.

He began his law enforcement career when he was appointed to the Hazlet Township Police Department on February 1st, 1999. After graduating from the 57th Basic Recruit Class at the Monmouth County Police Academy, Chief Mulligan was assigned to the patrol division.
Chief Mulligan was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2011 and to the rank of Lieutenant in 2014. In 2017, Chief Mulligan was reassigned as the commander of the detective division, where he supervised criminal investigations and was responsible for the internal affairs function, until his promotion to the rank of Deputy Chief in 2020.
During his tenure as Deputy Chief, Chief Mulligan was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the police department, ensuring for the effective and efficient function of each division under his command.
Chief Mulligan is an established leader with steadfast commitment, as he has over 25 years of dedicated service with the Hazlet Township Police Department.
Chief Mulligan is the 7th Chief of Police for the Hazlet Township Police Department.