MARGATE – With the retirement of three longtime police officers, Margate now has a “younger” Police Department, Police Chief Matthew Hankinson said Thursday evening. Commissioner of Public Safety Catherine Horn administered the oath of office, promoting five officers to higher ranks.
Frank Marciante, who was hired in 2009 and became sergeant in 2018, was promoted to the rank of lieutenant. He will be assigned as shift commander for Squad 3 and Squad 4.
Christopher Taroncher, who was hired in 2006 and promoted to sergeant in 2018, was also elevated to the rank of lieutenant. He will supervise Squad 1 and Squad 2.
Jake Rando, who started as a Class 2 officer in 2015, became a full-time officer in 2018. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant and will be assigned as a shift supervisor.
Maxwell Lieberman was also promoted to the rank of sergeant. He started his career in 2015 as a parking violations officer and was later hired as a special law enforcement officer. He went full-time in 2018 and will be assigned as a shift supervisor.
Dustin Widas, who was also promoted to sergeant, started his career in 2012 as a Sheriff’s Officer. He transferred to Margate in 2016, and will be assigned as a shift supervisor.
The promotions were made possible with the departure of Capt. Ron Kashon, who retired Dec. 31after 26 years of service, most recently as Operations Division commander.
Sgt. Tom Kresz also retired in December after 25 years of service, most recently serving as shift supervisor.
Lt. Fred Feliciano will retire on Jan. 31 after 27 years on the police force. He is an Administrative Division commander.