Four members of the Cape May County Sheriff’s Office were promoted and two officers were sworn in during a ceremony this week.

Cpt. Scott Knoedler, Lt. Maureen Hagan, Lt. Ryan Osmundsen and Sgt Joshua Gurdgiel were all promoted Wednesday, according to a news release from the agency. Officers Kyle Clark and Taylor Gardner were sworn in as new officers.

The ceremony was scheduled for March, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said.

“Sheriff Bob Nolan and the entire Cape May County Sheriff’s Office congratulate our newest officers and promotions,” according to the release. “We are very proud to have them serving the Cape May County community with our agency.”

Also during the ceremony, two of the agency’s retired Patrol/Narcotics K9s were honored for their service.

K9 Argo came to the department in 2014, officials said. He retired in 2019 and now lives with Sgt. Russ Norcross and his family.

K9 Cyras was remembered and honored with a plaque which was presented to Cpl. Erick Teasenfitz , his handler, officials said.

Cyras began working with the agency in 2008, and his successful deployments spearheaded the future use of Patrol K9s in the Sheriff’s Office, according to the release. He retired and lived with Teasenfitz and his family until he died Oct. 25.

Staff Writer

My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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