Mayor and Council Authorize the Hiring of New Police Officers; Promotions

Eight new police officers sworn-in at Thursday's Mayor and Council meeting; nine promotions.

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.


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Rona January 18, 2013 at 08:14 PM
This is what Fort Lee needs: http://www.northjersey.com/news/186938971____Tiger_team__shows_its_teeth_on_Ridgewood_expenses.html?page=all
Anna January 20, 2013 at 09:02 PM
Are these new officers replacing ones who are retiring, or it this a headcount increase? If the latter, what happened to the hiring freeze?
Steve Pumilia January 24, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Over 20 officers retired since 2010 this doesn't even come close to replacement.
Rona January 24, 2013 at 03:15 AM
The question is was the department overstaffed? The other thought is there are now twice as many retirees as employed. Unfortunately with the overly liberal rights & higher longevity. Officers can start a career in their mid twenties work 20-25 years and retire (and very many have). Then they can collect for another 20-30 years which is absurd.


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