FAIRFIELD, NJ — Fairfield Township Mayor James Gasparini recently announced the retirement of Lt. Richard Filipow from active duty on the Fairfield Township Police Department as of March 31, 2017. 

Lt. Filipow joined the department on Feb. 5, 1996. Prior to joining, he served with the Oradell Police Department from June 1992 until Nov. 1993 and then with the East Hanover Police Department from Nov. 1993 until Feb. 1996.

Lt. Filipow served many years as a detective in the Investigative Division. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant on June 13, 2005 and to the rank of lieutenant on Oct. 13, 2009. He served as the department's domestic violence liaison officer and was most recently the commanding officer of the department's honor guard.  

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“Among his many accolades and accomplishments, Filipow was one of two Fairfield officers who found an apprehended John DiLoreto in the parking lot of the Fairfield Executive Inn in Apr. 1998 only hours after DiLoreto allegedly shot a gas station attendant in cold blood in Pompton Plains,” said Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna. “Lt. Filipow was an extremely bright and energetic command staff officer who was extremely well respected amongst all of our members and an individual that I deeply relied upon for counsel. He will be greatly missed."

The township wished him well in his retirement and all his future endeavors at the Fairfield Township Council meeting on Monday.

A retirement party is being held in his honor on May 9 at the Park Savoy in Florham Park. Those interested in attending should contact Police Chief Manna.