MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Three Police Officers will move up the ranks to take supervisory positions in the Middletown Police Department.

Sergeant Michael Kenney has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Patrol Officers Patricia Colangelo and Cliff O’Hara have been promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Colangelo is the first female officer to be promoted to a supervisory position in the Middletown Police Department.

The officers received ceremonial oaths of office during Monday’s Township Committee meeting to mark their recent promotions.


Lieutenant Michael Kenney


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Lieutenant Michael Kenney joined the Middletown Police Department as a Patrol Officer in June 2001 and graduated from the Cape May County Police Academy in January 2002. He was promoted to Detective in 2009. He remained in that position until he was promoted to Sergeant in September 2010 and assigned to the Patrol Division.

Kenney served in the United States Navy from 1994 through 2001, attaining the rank of E-6 (Petty Officer First Class). After basic and airman recruit training, he was assigned to the USS America CV-66, Norfolk, VA from September 1994 September 1996, and Naval Air Station Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico from September 1996 to June 1998. After re-enlisting and attending the Military Police Academy, Kenney was assigned to NWS Earle, NJ from September 1998 to June 2001.

Kenney has an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Phoenix and is a 1993 graduate of Keyport High School. He has been named VFW State and National Officer of the Year. Kenney is married with two children.


Sergeant Patricia Colangelo
Sergeant Patricia Colangelo joined the Middletown Police Department as a Patrol Officer in 1995. Sgt. Colangelo served as an undercover detective with the Bayshore Narcotics Task Force and a Field Training Officer. In 2003, she was promoted to Detective in the Juvenile section of the Detective Bureau. During the next five years, she took on the role of Bias and Gang Officer and liaison to the Middletown Township School District. Colangelo returned to the Patrol Division in 2008, was named Corporal in 2010, and has continued to serve as a Field Training Officer. 

Sgt. Colangelo has been recognized by the Monmouth County Bias and Gang Officers Association as the Monmouth County Bias Officer of the year in March 2006, as Officer of the year by the American Legion Post 338 in April of 2009; and as Middletown’s Employee of the Month August 2003 and February 2006. She has also received three medals of merit and the Officer of the year award in October 2006 from the Middletown PBA local 124. She attended the Colorado Institute of Art and received an Associate’s Degree.

Sgt. Colangelo is the first female Sergeant in Middletown Township.


Sergeant Cliff O’Hara

Sergeant Cliff O’Hara joined the Middletown Police Department as a Patrol Officer in March 1995. He assisted the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office with their first money laundering case in the spring of 1999. He was assigned to the Middletown Police Department Traffic Bureau in fall of 1999. His duties at the Traffic Bureau include Serious and Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash investigations and other-traffic related issues. He also assists with white collar crime investigations as needed.

O’Hara was appointed the Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis and Response Team (SCART) in October 2004. In May 2013 he accepted a team leader position with SCART. O’Hara has a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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