Born on August 17, 1896, Gustav Albert Koerner Sr. had a long and distinguished career with the Camden Police Department. He began his service on June 16, 1923, and quickly rose through the ranks. By February of 1928, he was one of Camden’s motorcycle policemen, and by 1935, he had been promoted to Detective Sergeant. In June of 1944, he was serving as a Captain of Detectives and was still with the force when the 1947 Camden City Directory was compiled, living at 807 Haddon Avenue with his wife Mary and their son Gustav Albert Koerner Jr.
By December of 1951, Koerner had reached the pinnacle of his career, becoming the Chief of Police for the City of Camden. He served in this position until his retirement on April 19, 1960.
After leaving the force, Koerner moved to 430 North 38th Street in East Camden. He lived there for many years, as evidenced by his listing in the New Jersey Bell Telephone Directory at that address as late as 1977. Finally, in January of 1987, Gustav Koerner passed away, leaving behind a legacy of dedicated service to the city he loved.
Charges were eventually dropped against Koerner in 1948, while Chief Frost was exonerated in the spring of 1949, leading to the dismissal of charges against Dr. Rhone and Garrity.
By December of 1951, Koerner had become the Chief of Police for the City of Camden. He served in this position until his retirement on April 19, 1960.
Camden Courier-Post – November 24, 1955 Merchant Vows He’ll Open Store Despite Ban Police said today they would “crack down” on any store which attempts to open Sunday for the sale of general merchandise in violation of the city’s 49-year-old “blue laws.” The threat of police action was aimed at the Windsor Fifth Avenue Store…
Camden City’s police crackdown on the illegal operations of pretzel vendors and other type peddlers in the mid-city business area was hailed today by the merchants.
Police today are investigating the possibility that three fires Wednesday within a quarter-mile area inside of three hours and 46 minutes were the work of a firebug.
Camden Courier-Post – November 29, 1949 Capt. Gustav Koerner, youngest of six men holding that rank in the department, today was named Camden police chief.