Retired West New York police lieutenant named new assistant public safety director


Retired West New York Police Lt. Henry Codina, also a board of education trustee, has been named the town’s new assistant public safety director.

Instagram photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“Today, Lt. Henry Codina (Ret.) was officially sworn in as the Assistant Director of Public Safety,” the West New York Police Department wrote on Instagram.

“His passion and experience will undoubtedly enhance our community’s safety and well-being. Let’s show him some support as he steps into this vital role.”

A 28-year veteran of the force, Codina retired in April, about one year after he was elected to the volunteer school board as part of the “Your Children’s Future” slate.

He chairs the Health and Student Safety, as well as the Facilities and Grounds, Athletics & Extracurricular Activities Committees.

Codina will serve as the number two to Public Safety Director Alejandro DeRojas, a retired deputy chief who assumed his new role in September at a $200,000 annual salary.

According to public records, Codina is earning a $78,974.04 annual pension, which was approved by the Police and Firemen’s Retirement System board in April. His compensation for his new role as assistant public safety director was not immediately available.

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