BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ — The Mayor and Town Council honored the service of retiring Police Chief John DiPasquale during the last council meeting, on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
DiPasquale, who is set to retire at the end of the month, has served the town as a police officer with a career spanning 25 years. He assumed his duties as Berkeley Heights Chief of Police in 2014. The governing body has yet to comment on who will be nominated to replace DiPasquale.
A lifelong Berkeley Heights resident and family man, DiPasquale has an illustrious career in law enforcement. He served as a member of the Union County Emergency Response team from 2006 to 2015. He was a SWAT team member and received specialized training as a sniper.
But Chief DiPasquale’s focus has always been on serving his native Berkeley Heights. He became a patrolman in 1996 and worked his way up to detective in 2002. On his way to leading the department, DiPasquale achieved the rank of sergeant in 2005 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2010. DiPasquale was made police chief in 2014.
The impact of DiPasquale’s service to town was felt during the Jan. 19 council meeting. The governing body expressed gratitude and respect for DiPasquale leadership of the Berkeley Heights Police during his tenure as chief.
DiPasquale led the department and served the community through the unprecedented public health challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
John DiPasquale is married with three children Jerry, Maria and Stephanie. His wife Marika and their children were on hand with the Chief during Tuesday Night’s Zoom meeting.
“First and foremost, I have to thank my family,” said Chief DiPasquale.
“I can not overstate how much support Marika has given me over the years,” said DiPasquale. His family were all smiles sitting beside him. “Studying for the Sergeant's test with an infant, she [Marika] took everything on,” he said. “She allowed me to serve the community, I can’t thank her enough.”
The Chief went on to commend the work of his fellow officers in blue.
“I ask you to continue supporting the men and women in the Berkeley Heights Police Department because they are absolutely outstanding,” said DiPasquale. “Any of these kind words I’ve received today is in large part because of what they do day-in and day-out.”
Mayor Angie Devanney whose position as mayor requires a close working relationship with the police chief, lauded DiPasquale and his leadership of the department.
“I want to thank you for professionalizing the department and how far you’ve taken it,” said Mayor Angie Devanney. “You have fostered and facilitated younger officers to develop our first community policing program. You are a true visionary, and no one can fill your shoes.”
Devanney commended the Chief’s role during the pandemic and acknowledged the unprecedented challenges they faced together as mayor and police chief during the last year.
Council unanimously praised the service of DiPasquale. "John, I can't say enough about your character, your fairness and what an asset you've been," remarked Council President Jeanne Kingsley. "I think the residents have always felt safe and never had to give it a second thought."
“You are a hard act to follow. Your steady presence in this township has been remarkable and a real guiding force for us to emulate,” added Councilman Alvaro Medeiros