The West New York Board of Commissioners appointed former Deputy Police Chief Alejandro DeRojas as their new director of public safety at a special meeting last night.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“The Town seeks to appoint Alejandro DeRojas for a term of one year with an option of a one year extension of the term of said contract, to be exercised by the Commissioner
of Public Safety,” a copy of the unanimously approved (5-0) resolution says.
“And whereas, the salary for this appointment shall be in accordance with the allowable
range set forth in the Town’s salary ordinance.”
A town spokesman did not respond to an inquiry asking what DeRojas’ salary will be.
The North Hudson municipality has been without a public safety director since January 2020, when Public Safety Director Mark Flores, a former police captain, stepped down after just five months on the job, as HCV first reported.
He was hired at a starting salary of $100,000.
As for DeRojas, he was a 29-year veteran of the West New York police force when he retired in January.
Along with Deputy Chief Santiago Cabrera, DeRojas had been running the department since Flores’ departure. Cabrera had been in charge of administration, while DeRojas had been tasked with running operations.
DeRojas receives an annual pension of $161,184.48 for his nearly three decades of service, according to public records.