WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Mayor Joseph Tempesta administered the oath of office that authorized the promotion of Lt. Shaun O’Dowd to the rank of captain in the West Caldwell Police Department upon the recommendation of the Public Safety Committee and the West Caldwell Township Council’s unanimous approval during Tuesday’s meeting.
The promotion now places O’Dowd as second in command of the police department, which is headed by Chief Dennis Capriglione.
O’Dowd was hired in September 1997 by the West Caldwell Police Department before graduating with the 196th Municipal Class at New Jersey State Police Academy in Sea Girt. He graduated from the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. in 2013 and received a master’s degree in Homeland Security from Thomas Edison University.
Police Chief Dennis Capriglione provided the following statement to TAP: “Captain O'Dowd has served the residents of West Caldwell in countless integral roles in the police department. He was an outstanding Detective Bureau Commander who worked on several high-profile cases. Captain O'Dowd is also of the highest level of integrity who has been serving as the Officer in Charge of the Internal Affairs Bureau for several years. Captain O'Dowd has been instrumental in the West Caldwell Police Department's response to the COVID-19 pandemic helping to lead the agency through the crisis. He is an outstanding leader who our agency personnel can look up to and follow as he leads them into our future. I really am excited to continue working with him.”
During the virtual swearing in, O’Dowd’s twin brother David, who is a captain with the Montclair Police Department held the bible as his brother took the oath. Although the promotion was held virtually, the police department was well represented during the Zoom meeting with many officers in attendance supporting their colleague.
Tempesta stated that it “gives me great pleasure to promote Lt. Shaun O’Dowd to the rank of police captain. He has been a very good and loyal police officer to the township and has done an outstanding job and I consider him a friend.”
The mayor commented that he was looking forward to the day post-COVID to celebrate O’Dowd and Capriglione’s promotion that took place this past August. "We didn’t have a chance to bring him in the right way too but, this is the right thing to do now with COVID, but someday we will have a chance to celebrate," Tempesta said.