The Avalon Police Department has a new chief of police, promoted during its council meeting Wednesday evening. Captain William McCormick was promoted to the position of police chief, replacing David Dean. Dean is retiring after a career with the Avalon Police Department that spanned back to January, 1987. McCormick has been the captain of the police department for the past four years, and has been with the Avalon Police Department for a quarter century. McCormick began his law enforcement career with the Cape May County Sherrif’s Department back in 1985.