Chief of Police
Chief William Eliason began his career with the Riverside Township Police Department in 1995 after graduating from the Burlington County Police Academy. Upon graduation he was assigned to the patrol division. Chief Eliason was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2004, Lieutenant in 2005, Captain in 2014 and in October 2014 Chief Eliason was sworn in as Riverside Township’s Chief of Police.
During his career Chief Eliason has served as a Certified FBI Hostage Negotiator, Bias Crimes Officer, Internal Affairs Supervisor, Field Training Officer Supervisor, & JIF coordinator. Chief Eliason is also a graduate NJ State Association of Chiefs of Police Command Leadership Academy.
Chief Eliason is a United States Navy Veteran having served his county from 1988 to 1992. After completing Recruit Training in San Diego California Chief Eliason volunteered for the US Naval Submarine Service and was assigned to Basic Enlisted Submarine School in Groton Connecticut graduating in 1989. After graduation from Submarine School he was assigned to the USS Alabama SSBN 731 (blue) in Bangor Washington. Chief Eliason completed 5 Strategic Deterrent Patrols during the “Cold War” era and achieved his Submarine Qualification pin, “Dolphins” or “fish” in 1990. During his submarine service he was the recipient of 2 Navy Achievement Medals, Battle “E” ribbon, Expert Marksmen ribbon and Good Conduct medal.
Chief Eliason is a current member of Burlington County FOP Lodge 2, Burlington County Police Chiefs Association, New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.