Jersey City has 50 new ranking cops: 11 promoted to deputy chief, 39 now sergeants


The Jersey City Police Department now has 50 new ranking cops, with 11 lieutenants promoted to deputy chief and 39 officers assuming the rank of sergeant.

Photo courtesy of the City of Jersey City.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“We have the best police department in the state, bar none, and that starts from the top down,” Mayor Steven Fulop began in a statement.

“Effective leadership is key, especially when it comes to law enforcement, and I have no doubt this diverse group of newly promoted deputy chiefs and sergeants will continue the progress we’ve seen in recent years to enhance public safety, community relations, and quality of life overall.”

The mayor’s office also touted the diversity of the promotions, noting that around three-quarters of the officers hired since 2013 (when Fulop was first elected) represent minority populations.

“As police director, I’m working to enhance operations to allow for a more effective and more efficient police department, and these new sergeants and deputy chiefs are a major piece to that puzzle of ensuring our police department meets and exceeds the community’s expectations,” added Police Director Tawana Moody.

Out of the 39 new sergeants promoted at this morning’s ceremony at City Hall, over half are minorities and one-third are Hispanic.

“Police supervision is vital for the development of our police officers and to effectively facilitate the goals and mission of the JCPD. I commend Mayor Fulop, the city council, Public Safety Director James Shea, and Police Director Tawana Moody for investing in our police force and working with myself and the JCPSOA to identify the need for these promotions,” Jersey City Police Superior Officers Association President Sgt. Andrew LaBruno told HCV.

“I look forward to having our new Deputy Chiefs and Sergeants assume their new roles as they provide the very best public safety and community service for the residents of Jersey City.”

The names of the officers promoted are as follows:

Deputy Chiefs

Patrick Kirwin

Raymond Ortiz

Tyrone Hickey

Thomas Engleke

George Rotondo

Patrick Sullivan

Benjamin Dailey

Michael DiSanto

Michael McKerry

Joseph Santiago

Anthony Tedesco



Wojciech Drewa

Charles Grosskopf

Omar Aly

Kashmir Cyrus

Edward Esparra

Robert Kenny

Christopher Koszyk

James Frattini

Assuntine Manocchio

Michael Rodriguez

Marissa Vlachos

Joseph Dwyer

Michael Strothers

Ryan Macaluso

Kenneth Bowes

Israel Acevedo

Valerie Carriere

Omar Navarro

Sean Mullahey

Dave Persad

Shanna Moore

Anthony G. Roman

Revina T. Weeks

Michael J. Meyers

Leslie Chavarria

Khareem M. Miller

Eric Tavarez

Peter J. Cardella

Joseph R. Torre

Hector L. Rivera

George W. Manuel

Ryan P. Friend

Kevin J. Aviles

Javier Lema

Sean P. Butler

Matthew M. Ramos

Adalberto Rivera

Joseph V. Anzivino

Kevin M. Lowry

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