Union City Police Chief Molinari retires after 30 years with the department

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Union City Police Chief Richard Molinari retired after 30 years with the department yesterday, receiving high marks from fellow local leaders in law enforcement. 

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.