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Mixed emotions as Bergen County Police Chiefs Association installs 2015 president, officers

Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Correspondent Maria De Los Angeles
Photo Credit: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Correspondent Maria De Los Angeles

SHOUT OUT: Mixed emotions ran deep this weekend as the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association installed its 2015 president, Wood-Ridge Police Chief Joseph Rutigliano, who earlier that day buried his father in upstate New York.

Also sworn in during a sold-out gala dinner that drew more than 350 people to the Fiesta on Route 17 Saturday night were the association’s Board of Officers:

1st Vice President Frank Regino (Westwood)
2nd Vice President Edward J. Kasper (Oakland)
3rd Vice President Joseph Madden (Park Ridge)
Recording Secretary Fred Stahman (Glen Rock)
Financial Secretary Thomas Shine (Old Tappan)
Sgt at Arms John R. Russo (Rutherford)
Treasurer John Burke (Bogota)

State Sen. Paul Sarlo, Wood-Ridge’s mayor, did the honors for all.

Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli was scheduled to swear in the officers, but he had to fly to Seattle following the death of his father-in-law.

Rutigliano and the board members wore black suits and vests with thin blue ties and pocket hankies to symbolize the thin blue line.

CLICK HERE or at the bottom of the story for a FULL PHOTO GALLERY from the event

Retired Police Chief Michael McGahn served as emcee.

PHOTOS: CLIFFVIEW PILOT Correspondent Maria De Los Angeles

The Paramus Police Honor Guard presented the colors, and the Police Pipes and Drums of Bergen County played “Amazing Grace.”

Presentations were made by, among others, County Executive James Tedesco, who said he had to bolt early so that he could swear in Paramus Police Chief Kenneth Ehrenberg as a fire chief in their town.

Rutigliano’s son, Joseph, also spoke eloquently of his father — as both past and current members of the department, and past association presidents, paid their respects.

Bergen County Sheriff Michael Saudino also attended, along with several other elected municipal and county officials — and police chiefs from throughout the county.

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CLIFFVIEW PILOT Correspondent Maria De Los Angeles produced a gallery of hundreds of photos that attendees and others are welcome to download here: Bergen County Police Chiefs Association 2015 Installation Dinner

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