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NEWARK, NJ, OCTOBER 9, 2002 -- A 29-year career law enforcement veteran was appointed Chief of Police of the NJ TRANSIT Police Department today at a special swearing-in ceremony during the Corporation’s Board of Directors meeting. Joseph Bober was appointed Chief of Police and will oversee approximately 200 men and women who serve within the police department.

Assemblyman John S. Wisniewski (D-19) presided over the special ceremony, which was attended by local and state dignitaries and Chief Bober’s family. The Woodbridge resident has come up through the ranks and virtually served in every unit, division and bureau within NJ TRANSIT’s Police Department.

“Chief Bober has displayed extraordinary professionalism, customer sensitivity and responsiveness, all of which are qualities that are essential in the leadership of our police force,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George Warrington. “In this new age of safety and security, Chief Bober will play a vital role in ensuring that the NJ TRANSIT Police Department continues to respond to the Corporation’s mission of delivering a safe, reliable and efficient transportation throughout the State.”

“It is truly an honor and privilege to be selected to serve as Chief of Police for NJ TRANSIT,” Bober said. “The NJ TRANSIT Police Department is made up of some of the finest men and women in law enforcement today. This is a statement I make with the utmost sincerity. I want to thank George Warrington for having the faith and trust in me to do this job, one that I will serve with honor, pride and integrity.”

Bober has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and is currently enrolled at Fairleigh Dickinson University studying for his Masters Degree in Public Administration, which he will complete in December. He is also a graduate of Babson College New England Institute of Law Enforcement and the prestigious F.B.I. National Academy.

NJ TRANSIT is the nation's largest statewide public transportation system providing Bus, rail and light rail services for 752,600 daily trips on 238 bus routes, two light rail lines and 11 commuter rail lines. It is the third largest transit system in the country with 160 rail stations, 28 light rail stations and more than 17,000 bus stops linking major points in New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.