Union City Police Chief Richard Molinari retired after 30 years with the department yesterday, receiving high marks from fellow local leaders in law enforcement.
Chief Richard Molinari #230 will be discharged from the official duties imposed by law and his Oath of Office after 30 years and 4 months of service within the @UnionCityPD
“JOB WELL DONE SIR! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.”
We wish Chief Molinari and his family the best of luck. pic.twitter.com/GpdDuR8Mil
— Union City Police (@UnionCityPD) November 17, 2018
Molinari went on terminal leave yesterday at 3:30 p.m. and will officially be retired as of December 1st, the department announced on social media.
Prior to becoming a police officer on August 8th, 1988, Molinari served as a volunteer member of the Union City Ambulance Corps.
“The residents of Union City truly appreciate everything that you do every single day. I leave you with the best wishes. I leave you with my heart,” Molinari said in a video of him (embedded above) addressing his fellow officers outside headquarters.
According to public records, Molinari’s final annual salary was $239,284.
Hoboken Police Chief Kenneth Ferrante, North Bergen Police Chief Robert Dowd and Jersey City Police Chief Michael Kelly all praised Molinari for his service.
Congratulations to my friend, @UnionCityPD Police Chief Rich Molinari @moli315 , retiring today after serving @OfficialUCNJ for 31 years, and serving @HudCoTweet as President of @HudsonChiefs . Thank you for your leadership, guidance, integrity, and most of all being 100% Class! pic.twitter.com/R0Q1J8Z5H1
— Chief Ken Ferrante (@KenFerrante) November 16, 2018
@UnionCityPD is retiring a GIANT in law enforcement! Just did it the right way and blazed a trail for all of us. Though we were young detectives together many years ago…I enjoyed the collegiality this past year! Enjoy Rich!
— Michael J. Kelly (@JCPDchief) November 17, 2018
Chief @BobDowd & NBPD would like to congratulate Union City Police Chief Richard Molinari on his retirement. Chief @moli315 has been a great friend to Chief Dowd and NBPD. We’re really going to miss you! Hope you’ll enjoy every minute of your retirement. Best wishes! pic.twitter.com/Rwx9wvd9Ae
— North Bergen Police (@nbpolice) November 16, 2018