New Police Chief Named
Posted: August 2, 2013
Township Manager John Lovell announced that David Stokoe has taken the helm as Randolph’s new chief of police. He replaces Robert Mason, who retired from the police department after a total of 28 years of service with the township.
Chief Stokoe began with the Randolph Township Police Department in 1995 as a patrolman. He became a detective in 2001 and then was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2004 where he served in both the patrol division and then the investigations division. In 2009, then-Sgt. Stokoe was promoted to the rank of lieutenant where he served as the department’s second-in-command under Chief Mason and headed investigations.
In naming Chief Mason’s replacement, township manager John Lovell stressed that the appointment of the chief of police is one of the most significant personnel decisions to be made. Knowing that the person selected will assume a job with tremendous responsibilities and equally daunting challenges, Lovell said it’s not a decision made lightly.
Chief Stokoe holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Fairleigh Dickinson University in administration and is a Certified New Jersey Public Manager. He obtained his National Incident Management Certificate, and, for a number of years, served as a trainer at the Morris County Police Academy.
Chief Stokoe, his wife, and three children reside in the Shongum section of Randolph. He is active in sports programs with his children, and his wife Meghan volunteers at the Shongum Elementary School.
Chief Stokoe was officially sworn in at the August 1, 2013 council meeting.