On April 1, 2013, Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp appointed John R. Speirs to the position of Chief of Investigations.
Chief Speirs joined the Boonton Township Police Department in August 1977 and served the township for 33 years as a law enforcement professional, rising through the ranks to the position of police chief in 2004. Chief Speirs retired in December 2010 from the Boonton Township Police Department.
Chief Speirs, while a member of the Boonton Township Police Department, attended the County College of Morris and received his Criminal Justice degree.
Throughout Chief Speirs’ career, he held the following professional positions and responsibilities: N.J. First Responder, Incident Command, Internal Affairs, OSHA, CERT Trainer, Crisis Negotiator, Bias Crimes Investigator, Interview and Interrogators of N.J., Morris County Crisis Debriefing Team, Firearms Instructor, Motor Vehicle Accident Master Traffic Analyst, OC Aerosol Weapons Instructors Course, Police Work Zone Instructor, Crisis Negotiation, Accident Review Panel, Morris County Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner/Sexual Assault Response Team, Pre-Event Planning, OEM Incident Command System 100-800, 2012 HSEEP Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program.
In June of 1998, then Lieutenant Speirs was selected as a commissioner to the Morris County Joint Insurance Fund, which is responsible for the oversight of all insurance matters for over 42 municipalities. His responsibilities included claims review, legal assignment and fund administration. Speirs has successfully implemented numerous programs, workshops and seminars to reduce risk and train fund participants on safe and legal employment practices.
Chief Speirs established the LEIP (Law Enforcement Incentive Program) to provide grant funds to municipal departments interested in participating in the accreditation process, and in bringing best practice tools to their management team. Chief Speirs was also assigned as the liaison between the Morris County Joint Insurance Fund and the Morris County Chief’s Association.