West New York Police Director Robert Antolos had his contract extended through the end of the year via a unanimous vote by the board of commissioners last night.
“The first thing I gotta say: Director Antolos has been doing a fantastic job and you can see it the way crime is being reduced – the first quarter approximately 20 percent,” West New York Mayor Felix Roque told Hudson County View.
” … We’re actually putting more cops in the academy, we’ve actually been able to promote police officers, so the whole police department is actually improving and it’s all under his leadership and I’m extremely proud.”
The previous agreement for Antolos, who came out of retirement to take over the post on May 1, 2013 after Mike Indri retired, was set to expire on May 1st of this year. Now, he will be at the department until at least December 31st.
“I’m sure we’ll be still standing here next year. The mayor deserves a lot of credit his biggest priority is safety in the streets, whatever the police department needs, he says ‘let’s get it, let’s do it,'” Antolos said.
“He drives around at night, he’s out there [until] 2, 3 in the morning he sees the police officers working and I credit his leadership also. He’s taught me a lot and I’m still learning from him.”
According to the resolution, the board choose to exercise one of two possible yearly extensions associated with Antolos’ original contract and his remaining pay cannot exceed $46,666.64 ($5,833.33) in 2016.