The Barnegat Police Department undergoes temporary leadership changes, resulting from the suspension of Chief Art Drexler.

Barnegat PD Chief Arthur Drexler (Barnegat Twp. web page)

Township Attorney Jerry Dasti confirmed reports of the suspension for WOBM News this afternoon.

Dasti declined to disclose details regarding the decision, adding only that Drexler is suspended with pay.

Mayor John Novak was unavailable for comment. Sources inside the department referred inquiries to Dasti.

Drexler, a Barnegat native, has helmed the department since 2006. Under his leadership, the department became the first in Ocean County to achieve CALEA accreditation in 2011.

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