TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The new head of the New Jersey State Police has been sworn in to office.

Lt. Col. Patrick Callahan took the oath Tuesday. He succeeds Col. Rick Fuentes, who will formally retire Wednesday after leading the department since being appointed superintendent by Democratic Gov. Jim McGreevey in 2003.

Fuentes has served in the department since 1978.

Callahan enlisted in the state police in April 1995 and most recently served as deputy superintendent of operations. He also was recovery bureau chief after Superstorm Sandy.

He is the son of retired state police Major Mick Callahan, who served as chief of staff for Col. Clinton Pagano.