HACKENSACK, N.J. — Hackensack appointed Gerard Marinelli as its new Police Director at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting. Marinelli has previously served as Chief of the Bureau of Law Enforcement for the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and as a long-term assignment with the FBI Newark Field Office. He is also a veteran of the East Orange Police Department and reached the rank of Sergeant for the New Jersey Army National Guard.

“We are very pleased to welcome Director Marinelli to our city and are confident he will be able to fulfill the the duties this position requires,” said Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse. “He comes here with an impressive reputation and resume and we believe he is the right man to lead our department for many years to come.”

“The Hackensack Police Department has faced several challenges in recent years and is taking major steps, including its most recent Certificate of Accreditation, to become the elite department that Hackensack citizens deserve,” said City Manager Ted Ehrenburg. “We are focused on improving not only the management, but the overall culture of our department and Director Marinelli shares our goals and is committed to achieving them.”

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Director Marinelli begins his position on July 2. Director Marinelli has a one-year contract which starts his salary at $150,000.

“It is an honor to be named your new Police Director and I look forward to taking on whatever challenges this job entails,” said Director Marinelli. “I would like to thank the Mayor and Council for this opportunity and pledge to do all I can to protect and serve the residents of Hackensack."