The Mayor and Council authorized the hiring of eight new police officers at their meeting Thursday night. Each new member was then sworn in so they could begin their training at the Police Academy in Mahwah Friday morning.
The eight new hires are: Peter Chong, Andres Kim, Laki Pothos, David Tropea, Stephen Domenick, Zachary Joseph, Dillon Turner and John Gallo.
Along with the hires, there were nine police promotions:
Lieutenants Robert Zevits, Stanley Zon and Thomas Ottina will be promoted to the rank of Captain.
Sergeants Andrea Capolla, Leonard Cottrell and Kenneth Porrino will be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
Officers Michael Pappachristou, Sean Peppard and James Lee will promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
The Bergen County Pipe Band played at the promotion party that followed at the Fort Lee Recreation Center.