WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange Township Council chambers were filled with family, relatives, friends, township officials, and members of the WOPD as three long-time officers were promoted and a new officer was sworn in by Mayor Robert Parisi on March 4.
Captain Michael C. Corcoran, Jr., a member of the WOPD since 1990, was promoted to Deputy Chief. West Orange Police Chief James Abbott said as he introduced Corcoran, "It's hard not to get emotional about Mike. Mike will replace me when I retire, and I couldn't be prouder."
Corcoran is a graduate of Seton Hall Prep and lives in Roseland with his wife and children.
Matthew Palardy has been with the WOPD since 1990 as well. He is a graduate of West Orange High School. He was promoted to sergeant in 2004. He was promoted to lieutenant at the swearing-in ceremony.
Robert Martin has been with the WOPD since 1993. He was a Marine and fought during Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2006 and was promoted to captain during the ceremony.
The newest member of the West Orange Police Department, Quentin DeMarco, graduated from West Orange High School in 2007. He has been a police officer in the Maplewood Police Department and is pleased to be sworn in as a West Orange police officer.
Another new police officer will be sworn in in the near future and eight other recruits will enter the Police Academy. More promotions are expected in April.