WEST CALDWELL, NJ — After 33 years of serving the citizens and community of West Caldwell, Police Chief Gerard Paris has announced his retirement, effective Sept. 27. 

Paris joined the force in 1986 rising through the ranks and became Chief of Police on Sept. 22, 2015.

Mayor Joseph Tempesta and all members of the township council thanked Paris on Tuesday for his dedication, professionalism and commitment to the community and wished him well in the future.

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“It has been my pleasure to work with you,” Tempesta said to the chief. “You are a great leader and we are going to miss you.”

Councilman Stephen Wolsky wished Paris “nothing but the best” and thanked him for his “service to the town, community and the department.”

Chief Paris thanked everyone for their kind words and “the support that has always been there.”

“I also wish to thank you all personally, the members of the department, the fire department, the DPW and OEM,” said Paris. “We work as a team and all events must planned and with your constant support you made it all easy.  You rolled the dice on me in 1986 and I appreciate it.”

The mayor and council also congratulated and thanked longtime employee Jimmy Jones, who will be retiring from the Department of Public Works after 37 years of service, effective Sept. 30.