WEST CALDWELL, NJ – Mayor Joseph Tempesta and the West Caldwell Council introduced Gerard Paris as the new Police Chief of the West Caldwell Police Department at Tuesday night’s regular mayor and council meeting.

Paris is a veteran West Caldwell police officer and has climbed the ranks since joining the force in 1986. He was appointed captain in October 2011 and has an extensive resume of police training.

“I’m looking forward to working with him,” said Councilman and Chairperson of the Public Safety Committee, Joseph Cecere. “I think he’s going to bring some new energy into the department. He’s a solid guy and a great police officer.”

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Paris served as a lieutenant for eight years from 2003 to 2011 before being promoted to Captain. In March 2002, Paris graduated from the FBI National Academy located on the Marine base in Quantico, Va. 

The academy is a professional development center for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders and serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge and cooperation worldwide according to fbi.gov.

In March 1996, Paris was appointed a detective and assigned to the Detective Bureau. After being promoted to Sergeant in January 1998, Paris was assigned a Bureau Commander of the Detective Bureau.

“We’re all proud of [Paris,] well deserved. I think he will do a great job leading the West Caldwell Police Department. I’m very happy for him and his family tonight. Most importantly I think West Caldwell is in very good hands with him leading our people.”

The position of Chief of Police became vacant following the retirement of former Police Chief Michael Bramhall. While the new Chief was being selected, Paris, still a Captain served as the officer in command for the department.