Prosecutor appoints new lieutenant
The Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office has appointed a new lieutenant who will oversee operations for its investigative division.
Barry Johnson, 48, was a member of the Gloucester County Sheriff's Office for 14 years before he joined the Prosecutor's Office in 2004, the Prosecutor's Office said. Johnson, previously a sergeant, was sworn in last week.
Johnson, a 23-year veteran in law enforcement, coordinated the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, assisted in last year's "Safe Surrender" fugitive program, and served as a training officer on procedures for the use of Tasers.
As head of the operations section, Johnson will now oversee the gangs, guns and narcotics task force, fugitive investigations and the special operations unit. He takes over the operations duty from Chief of Detectives John Porter, who said Johnson is more than a supervisor.
"Just three weeks ago, he was running around Route 55 chasing a fugitive with his personnel on a 95-degree day," Porter said a news release. Prosecutor Sean F. Dalton said Johnson was "dedicated" and a "strong leader." - Darran Simon