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Suffolk resident appointed chief of MTA police department : Owen J. Monaghan spent more than 30 years with NYPD 57-year-old held senior positions before joining the MTA

A top cop from Suffolk County has been tapped to lead the MTA's police force.

Owen J. Monaghan, 57, has been appointed as the new chief of police at the transit agency's police department, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Wednesday. Monaghan, who's originally from Crown Heights, Brooklyn, joined the MTA in 2015 as the vice president of security for the MTA-New York City Transit. His appointment was effective as of Jan. 7.

Monaghan has succeeded Chief Michael R. Coa

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