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Middle Promotes Department Veteran to Chief of Police

Middle Promotes Department Veteran to Chief of Police

By Vince Conti

Tracey Super
Tracey Super

COURT HOUSE – The Middle Township Committee has named Capt. Tracey Super, an 18-year veteran of the Police Department, as the township’s new chief of police.

Super will officially take the post on July 1 following the retirement of current Chief Jennifer Pooler on June 30. He will be the second person to head the department since the retirement last year of Mayor Christopher Leusner, who served as chief for 13 years.

Super was hired by the department in 2006. He was promoted to sergeant in 2016 and attained the rank of lieutenant in 2021. He became administrative captain for the department in June 2023 as part of the shuffle that occurred with Leusner’s retirement and Pooler’s promotion. The department’s operations captain, Brian Murphy, attained that rank one month later, in July.

Super grew up in Cape May County, graduating from Ocean City High School in 1991. He and his family have lived in Middle Township since 1997.

He is a graduate of Stockton University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He graduated from the Gloucester County Police Academy and the New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership and Command Academy.

Pooler was sworn in as chief in June 2023. As Leusner explained it, she agreed to assume the role of chief upon his retirement to help settle manpower issues in the department following the retirement of several officers, including some holding positions at the command level. It was never her intention to serve long term as chief.

Super was not present for the May 20 vote that appointed him police chief. He will be sworn in at a date closer to when he assumes office.

John Lauricella of Court House used the public comment period of the committee meeting to praise Super’s work with the township police youth camp.

All of the members of the governing body spoke highly of Super, with Leusner saying he thinks the Police Department will be in very good hands.

Contact the reporter, Vince Conti, at vconti@cmcherald.com.

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Vince Conti is a reporter for the Cape May County Herald.

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