Whereas; having served honorably for twenty-two years as Director of Public Safety, dedicated to the service of the residents, elected officials and employees of Pennington Borough as mentor, colleague and friend, William B. Meytrott leaves an enduring legacy to the Pennington Police Department with his retirement May 1, 2020;
Whereas; on April 6, 1998, William B. Meytrott, a graduate of the Hopewell Valley Central High School was appointed Director of Public Safety, a position that was established by the Pennington Borough Council upon the departure of the Chief of Police; and
Whereas; William B. Meytrott’s decades of public service started upon his graduation from Parris Island, South Carolina in 1965 and subsequent three years of service in the United States Marine Corps and one year of active reserve service; and
Whereas; William B. Meytrott served with distinction in the Vietnam War, stationed outside of DaNang as a rifleman and 60mm mortar man where he was wounded in action on Hill 10 and for which he received the Purple Heart Medal; and
Whereas; upon his honorable discharge from the Marine Corps as L/Cpl., William B. Meytrott was appointed to the Raritan Township Police Department in 1970 and was through the years promoted to the rank of Sergeant, Captain, and in 1985 as Chief of Police of the Raritan Police Department, the largest municipal department in Hunterdon County, a position he served in with distinction until his retirement in 1995; and
Whereas; the many accomplishments of William B. Meytrott include his service in the Marine Corps League, Marine Corps Historical Foundation, VFW, American Legion, Military Order of Purple Heart, President of the Hunterdon County PBA, Gold Life member of the NJPBA, membership in the NJ Police Honor Legion, drug education specialist for Hunterdon Drug Awareness, counselor with the New Jersey hotline for police officers “Cop 2 Cop” program, founding service member of the Hopewell Valley Veterans’ Association; and
Whereas; William B. Meytrott’s wise and thoughtful approach will leave an indelible influence on the many boards and commissions he served, including the Pennington Planning Board, the Joint Insurance Fund, the Pennington Borough Board of Fire Commissioners, the Hopewell Valley Veterans Association, on which he served as a founding Trustee, the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and the Pennington Holiday Walk Committee; and
Whereas: William B. Meytrott’s steady and visible presence at community events large and small, such as Pennington Day, Busy Town, the Memorial Day Parade, Toll Gate School events, and The Pennington School, serves as a model of leadership for all who have had the great honor of knowing and working with him; and
Whereas; William B. Meytrott was a mentor to many, offering valuable advice and guidance to them, including the many police officers who served under his leadership in the Pennington Police Department, the officers and leaders of the Hopewell Township Police Department, the colleagues with whom he served in the Borough administration, and the dozens of elected officials with whom he served so well over the twenty-two years of his tenure; and
Whereas, William B. Meytrott’s dedication to the office he greatly enjoyed, has earned him the respect and deep appreciation of his many colleagues, constituents, neighbors, and officials at all levels of government who will miss him deeply.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT PROCLAIMED that the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Pennington, recognize and honor the long and distinguished service and many accomplishments of William B. Meytrott and extend to him the best wishes of a grateful community on this 4th day of May, 2020.
Dated this 4th day of May, 2020 By Order of the Office of the Mayor
Joseph Lawver, Mayor