West New York Deputy Police Chief Alejandro DeRojas retired after 29 years of service on Friday, receiving a walkout celebration from his peers after his last shift.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Yesterday , Deputy Chief DeRojas worked his last shift. We thank him for his nearly 29 years of dedicated service to the residents of the Town of West New York and to the Police Department. Enjoy your well deserved retirement sir !” the West New York PD wrote on Facebook on Saturday.
Mayor Gabriel Rodriguez, who also serves as the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, acknowledged DeRojas’ long career in an Instagram post.
“Deputy Chief De Rojas has served the West New York Police Department since 1994. He rapidly rose through the ranks in the department and his lustrous career is filled with experience and knowledge acquired from each unit he had the privilege to work in,” the mayor wrote.
“We will miss your dedication and passion for keeping West New York safe. I am proud to say we served our community together during a very difficult time in our nation’s history and it was an honor. Thank you, Deputy Chief De Rojas, for your service to West New York. Enjoy your retirement D.C. Well deserved.”
Along with Deputy Chief Santiago Cabrera, DeRojas has been running the department for about three years since Public Safety Director Mark Flores decided to step down in January 2020.
Cabrera had been in charge of administration, while DeRojas had been tasked with running operations.