Police officers McClaskey, Spina receive promotions

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From left are Lt. Scott McClaskey, Police Chief John Stone, and Sgt. Ralph Spina Jr. after the swearing-in ceremony.

Two officers in the Brigantine Police Department were promoted Wednesday night at the city council meeting. Police Chief John Stone introduced the new Lt. Scott McClaskey and new Sgt. Ralph Spina Jr., who were sworn in to their new positions by Mayor Phil Guenther.

McClaskey is a 13-year veteran of the department and resides in Brigantine with his wife Debbie and their two sons Jake and Evan. An alumnus of Holy Spirit High School, he graduated from Richard Stockton College in 1991with a degree in environmental studies. He joined the Brigantine Police Department in 1996 as a Class 1 officer and dispatcher, and was hired as a full-time police officer in 1999. He was promoted to sergeant in 2008.

Spina is a 20-year veteran of the department who lives in Absecon with his wife Rachael, daughter Alexa and sons Anthony and Vincent. He was born in Philadelphia and raised in Brigantine, graduating from Holy Spirit High School. Following in the footsteps of his father, Ralph Spina Sr. (now retired), Spina became a full-time officer with the Brigantine Police Department in January 1994, graduating from the Atlantic County Police Academy. He is currently assigned to the Detective Bureau.

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