WEST CALDWELL, NJ – Mayor Joseph Tempesta swore in West Caldwell’s newest police officer before the Mayor and Council hosted a newcomer’s open house for new residents at the regular Mayor and Council meeting on Tuesday.

Following the passing of a provisional resolution to appoint him as a police officer of the West Caldwell Police Department, Brian Zimmer was sworn in by Tempesta and was joined by his wife, Shannon, mother, father, brother and mother-in-law.

“He’s a nice young man, we’re still getting to know him,” said Councilman and Chairperson of the Public Safter Committee Joseph Cecere. “He’s one of four that we are going to be hiring in the next couple of months.”

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Zimmer attended Montclair State University and Rutgers University while studying criminal justice and minoring in sociology. He graduated from the Mercer County Police Academy on July 31.

The Mayor and Council will swear in two more new police officers at the next regular Mayor and Council meeting on Nov. 3 and another on Nov. 24 according to Cecere.

Following the conclusion of this Tuesday’s meeting, which was moved up from its usual time of 7:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the Mayor and Council hosted 33 families who were new residents of West Caldwell for a newcomer’s open house.

“There is a number of families that move into West Caldwell each year and they might not realize how much we have to offer,” said Councilman Stanley Hladik.

The newcomer’s night is designed to give new residents a chance to meet their local government leaders and to get a sense for what each of the township’s committees is doing for the township and its residents.

Hladik said that it has been a couple of years since the Mayor and Council have hosted a newcomer’s open house and that the turnout of 33 families was the largest that he could remember in his six years on the Council.

Following a welcoming and explanation of the township’s government and leaders, the Mayor and Council took questions from residents and then stayed to talk with the newcomers and get to know them over refreshments and cookies.

The Mayor and Council voted unanimously to introduce Ordinance No. 1777, which will establish a youth sports code of conduct for participants, parents, coaches and officials of all youth sports programs and sports activities managed by any organization that is sponsored by the Township or other authorized nonprofit organization.

“It’s an ordinance to put on paper what should happen at a sporting event,” Hladik said. “If you don’t have it on paper its tough to enforce or have the police enforce anyone who doesn’t respect it.”

The code of conduct ensures a sporting environment that is fun and safe for everyone by keeping profanity, drugs and alcohol, disrespect and other unsportsmanlike conduct away from the games.

The ordinance will be open to public hearing on Nov. 24 before becoming law. The next meeting of the West Caldwell Mayor and Council will be held on Nov. 3 at the regular time of 7:15 p.m.