Long term Ventnor Police Officer, and lifetime resident of the City of Ventnor, Police Captain Doug Biagi will be promoted to become the new Chief of Police of the Ventnor City Police Department effective May 1, 2017.
This appointment was recommended by Police Commissioner Tim Kriebel, with the advice and consent of Mayor Holtzman and Commission Landgraf, during an Executive Session held on March 13, 2017.
The current Police Chief, Michael Miller has announced his retirement effective April 30, 2017.
A Special Meeting of the Mayor and Commissioners will be held on May 1, 2107 at which time a resolution is expected to be adopted to make this promotion official. Also at that time, Captain Howard Bloom will be promoted to the position of Deputy Chief of Police.
The new Police Chief has been a police officer in the City of Ventnor since 1988. He was assigned as the Juvenile Detective in 1991, where he established the Ventnor Police Department’s D.A.R.E. in the Ventnor School System. Mr. Biagi was promoted to Police Sargent in 1993 and was transferred to supervise the Community Policing Bike Unit in 1995.
In April of 2002 Captain Biagi was promoted to Lieutenant and in January 2012, was promoted to Police Captain, and assigned as Operations Commander of the Patrol Division. In 2014 Captain Biagi was reassigned as the Administrative Captain, and was also responsible for the Police Department’s Program for NJSACOP.
Captain Biagi is a lifelong resident of the City of Ventnor, is well known in the Community by residents, school children, and business owners. Biagi is active in many community volunteer committees and is currently a member of the Ventnor Board of Education, a position he has held for 10 years. Captain Biagi has received numerous commendations during the course of his 30 years of law enforcement, including the NJ State PBA Award for Heroism.
Captain Biagi has two Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Stockton State College, and he continues to work towards his Master Degree in Criminal Justice from St. Joseph University.
It is interesting to note that Doug Biagi started working for the City of Ventnor when he was 14 years old as a tennis court attendant and summer beach crew. He was also a Fire Fighter - EMT for the Ventnor City Fire Department for two years before becoming a Police Officer.
“I am thrilled to be able to recommend Captain Biagi and Bloom to their respective new roles. Both these gentlemen have a combined total of over 50 years of dedicated service to the City of Ventnor and are extremely committed to the public safety and welfare of our community”, said Commissioner of Public Safety, Tim Kriebel.