Pictured left to right: Mayor Derek Armstead, Detective Kenneth Mikolajczyk, and Chief Jonathan R. Parham
At a recent awards ceremony, Linden Detective Kenneth Mikolajczyk, a 23 year veteran of the police department, was honored as “Officer of the Year” for his efforts in the investigation into the shooting and subsequent missing persons investigation of Linden resident Tyrita Julius. Julius was found deceased and buried on August 17th in the back yard of a house in Long Branch. Two people have been charged with her murder in Monmouth County and the prior shooting which occurred in Linden last November.
Since the shooting in 2015 and her reported missing on March 8th of this year, Detective Kenneth Mikolajczyk has worked tirelessly on the investigation with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
He was honored for his work and praised by Chief Jonathan R. Parham and Mayor Derek Armstead.