Retired Toms River Police Sergeant Kevin Geoghegan enters the vortex of the township's political arena, chosen to fill the Ward Two Township Council seat formerly held by current At-Large Councilman Brian Kubiel.

Toms River Councilman Kevin Geoghegan (Stacy Proebstle)

The governing body met in special session Wednesday to choose among Geoghegan, township Zoning Board member Lynne O'Neill and Ocean County College Professor Virgil DiMario. The appointment becomes official at the February 9 public meeting.

The Silverton resident, a life member of that section's First Aid Squad, will relinquish is current elected spot as a township fire commissioner in District 2.

The High School North and Ocean County College graduate also serves as Berkeley Township's EMS coordinator. He holds a Bachelor's degree in vocational education from Southern Illinois University, a Master of Science degree in education from Seton Hall University and a Certified Public Manager's certificate from Fairleigh Dickinson University

On the police force form 1986 through 2011, Geoghegan is credited with founding the department's Emergency Medical Technician program, and with being the driving force behind Toms River's ascension to first in New Jersey to include automated external heart defibrillators as standard gear in police vehicles.