Former Brooklawn resident Bill Higgins has been hired by the South Jersey Port Corporation to the position of Director of Security, safety and human resources. A newly created position Higgins will receive a salary of $78,000.
Higgins, his wife Beth and their five sons moved several years ago from Brooklawn to Upper Pittsgove, Salem County.
After retiring in May 2006 from the New Jersey State Police with the rank of Captain, Higgins made an unsuccessful bid for Salem County Sheriff in November of that year. He lost to Chuck Miller a Republican.
The 1976 graduate of Haddon Heights High School joined the state police in 1981 and worked his way up to the elite Executive Protection Unit, serving as former Gov. Jim Florio's personal driver from 1990 to 1994.
Higgins led a 100-trooper contingent under former Gov. James E. McGreevey in Camden to help local police fight crime.
Higgins' law enforcement career was varied, including stints with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Enforcement Unit and Casino Gaming Enforcement Bureau. He was chief of the Intelligence Bureau, specializing in street gang violence and illicit drug trafficking.