Chief King holds a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University. Prior to joining the KPD, he was employed in the accounting field. Chief King is a past-president of the Kearny Board of Education. He is also an accomplished bagpiper with the St. Columcille United Gaelic Pipe Band headquartered here in Kearny. Chief King is a second-generation KPD officer, his father having retired as a deputy chief. Before ascending to command the department, Chief King was deputy chief for many years. Prior to that he held assignments supervising the administration of the Chief's Office, overseeing the Planning/OEM Office, and in the Patrol Division. As a patrolman, Chief King was trained in crash reconstruction and served as a Traffic Control Unit officer where he investigated fatal and serious motor vehicle accidents.