There’s a new sergeant in town — Rumson, that is.
He’s Bryan Dougherty, he’s a near lifetime Fair Havenite (with a few years away in between) and he’s been with the Rumson Police Department since 2004. He’s a Rumson-Fair Haven community guy with deep community roots.
A graduate of Knollwood School and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) in 1991, Dougherty has been protecting and serving for a long time.
He spent some time in the U.S. Army (1995-2000) after graduation from Bucknell University in 1995 and ended up joining the Rumson PD as a patrolman and senior patrolman since then who has now earned his sergeant stripes.
Dougherty comes from a longtime Fair Haven family with parents, Kathy and Bob, who were known as great neighbors and community contributors. His siblings, Andy and Colleen, are teachers. Most everyone knows them from the Fair Haven School District. Andy coordinates the Stokes Forest program. And the family spouses have also made their own contributions serving the public. Many may recognize them.
Bryan, family and friends gathered recently to celebrate the promotion. Take a look at the above photo gallery, courtesy of the Dougherty clan and friends, for a glimpse into the night. (CLICK on one to enlarge and scroll!)
There are 16 police officers in Rumson, including Chief Scott Paterson, and seven special officers. There are four sergeants, one of whom is a detective sergeant.
Tidbit and full disclosure: This editor was the Dougherty kids’ babysitter. And, yes, they were all well-behaved. Plus, Kathy always had great snacks. The Charles Chips truck made regular deliveries.
Congratulations, Bryan! Parker proud!