SUMMIT, NJ - After a more than three decades-long career with the Summit Police Department (SPD), including nine years as the Hilltop City's 'top cop', City of Summit Chief of Police Robert K. Weck has announced that he will be retiring from his post effective June 1. Weck, who was appointed Chief in 2011 by former Mayor Jordan Glatt, informed current Summit Mayor Nora Radest of his decision exactly one week ago.
“It has been an honor and privilege to lead the Summit Police Department for the past nine years,” said Weck. “It is through the dedication and teamwork of some of the finest law enforcement professionals in the country that I leave behind a police department that is rich with notable achievements and a succession plan to ensure its future success. It was a difficult decision to make but after 31 years with the department, I look forward to this next chapter of my life. Over the next three months, I will work closely with the city and SPD administration to secure a smooth transition of authority.”
Weck is credited with facilitating initiatives to increase youth programs and community outreach and partnerships, promote safety and keep crime rates low in Summit. He established a Community Policing Unit and reinstated a Traffic Safety Unit that includes motorcycle patrols. During his tenure as Chief of Police, he has been the recipient of TransOptions Government Official of the Year Award, the Boy Scouts of America Good Scout Award, Summit Keeper of the Dream Award and Summit Star of Excellence Award.
While keeping the citizens of Summit safe is always the Department's top priority, perhaps at no time did Weck's leadership shine brighter than during the profoundly tragic period that accompanied and followed the sudden passing of one of his officers, Matthew Tarentino, in May 2017.
Weck led his Department and, in many ways the community as a whole, through a time of sorrow, grief and reflection with a compassionate strength, an example that seemed to provide, under incredibly difficult circumstances, best-as-could-possibly-be-hoped-for degrees of solemnity, remembrance and honor for the late officer and his family.
A hallmark of Weck's tenure has been his championing of 'Community Policing' initiatives, with his Department and its personnel become highly visible in the town and proactively engaging myriad segments of the community to establish familiarity and relationships built on mutual respect and trust.
“Chief Weck has made a profound and lasting impact on our city, and I sincerely thank him for his dedicated service,” said Radest. “The Police Department is better for his leadership and I have every confidence that his preparation has it set for much future success.” The press announcement detailing Weck's departure notes that Radest s expected to announce Weck's successor in early April.
A formal statement by Chief Weck in the form of letter to the community will be sent closer to his planned retirement date of June 1.