West New York Police Director Robert Antolos received a new $70,000 contract last week to ensure he’ll be working for the town through 2017 – with an option to extend the same offer again in 2018.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“I’m glad that the mayor and the commissioners have the confidence in me and I look forward to working with the mayor for the rest of his term,” Antolos said over the phone, adding that he was “humbled” to retain his post for the rest of the year.
Antolos’ new contract was approved at Thursday’s West New York Board of Commissioners meeting, which comes with “an option of one yearly extension of the term of said contract,” according to the resolution.
He came out of retirement to take the job on May 1, 2013 and the town opted to extend his three-year contract through the end of 2016 back in April.
Days after the extension was approved, the town announced that crime was down 20 percent in 2016.
“You notice crime is down, morale is even higher in West New York, the department, the PBA, is working together like a big family, and I give a lot of credit to Director Antolos – he’s always on top of things,” said Mayor Felix Roque, also the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety.
Roque added that keeping Antolos on board was “a no-brainer” given his results and his commitment to keeping the town safe.