MIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Township Police Department promoted two Lieutenants to the rank of Deputy Chief at the Township Committee meeting on Monday.

Deputy Chief Stephen F. Dollinger

Deputy Chief Stephen Dollinger joined the Middletown Police Department in 1994 as a Patrol Officer He previously served as a Special Police Officer for five years and was a member of the Middletown Police Explorers.

In 1999 Dollinger became a Canine Officer and partnered with his dog Shadow. He and Shadow worked in the Patrol Division until 2005 when they were assigned to the Detective Division. Dollinger was promoted to Detective Sergeant in 2006 and Detective Lieutenant in 2010.

Deputy Chief Dollinger has served as Commander of the Detective Bureau since 2010. He is also the department’s Public Information, school liaison, and Emergency Services Unit Leader.


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Deputy Chief Dollinger is currently enrolled in the master’s program at Farleigh Dickinson University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Monmouth College and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia. He has also attended many professional development courses. Dollinger is a graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School and St Anne’s Grammar School in Keansburg.

Deputy Chief Dollinger a long-time resident of Middletown. During his career he has received many awards and commendations.

Deputy Chief Robert W. Stefanski

Deputy Chief Robert W. Stefanski graduated from the Monmouth County Police Academy’s 40th Basic Recruit Class and joined the Middletown Police Department in 1990. He was previously employed by Middletown Township as a Communications Operator.

Deputy Chief Stefanski served as a Patrol Officer until 1999 when he was promoted to Sergeant. He served as a Patrol Supervisor until 2007 when he was assigned to work in Police Administration. He was then promoted to Lieutenant in 2008. His assignments included Patrol Squad Shift Commander and Commander of the Records and Service Bureau.

Deputy Chief Stefanski holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Boston University and has attended many professional development courses. He is a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy. During his career he has received many awards and commendations including being recognized as Supervisor of the Year.

Deputy Chief Stefanski is a life-long resident of Middletown Township. He has served on the Middletown First Aid and Rescue Squad and as a Middletown Emergency Medical Services President. Stefanski has volunteered for the Boy Scouts of America as a Merit Badge Counselor, the New Jersey Blind Citizen Association, and the Christian Brothers Academy Alumni Association

He and his wife, Stacey, have 3 children, Robert, 21 Andrew, 17 and Brian, 13. Stacey is Director the NJ Blind Citizens Association located in Leonardo.

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