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Longtime Saddle River Police Chief Says Goodbye After 17 years

Photo courtesy of Saddle River Police Facebook page

June 9,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Saddle River Nj, the Saddle River Borough Council held a  SPECIAL MEETING on Saturday evening, JUNE 2, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at the Borough Hall as Saddle River  to swear in its next Police Chief, Captain Jason Cosgriff, and say goodbye to retiring Chief Timothy McWilliams who served the police department with distinction for 34 years, the last 17 being Chief.

Saddle River Mayor Al Kurpis Statement regarding the next Police Chief – There are very few decisions a Mayor makes that is as important as selecting a Police Chief to oversee the safety and welfare of our community. After a thorough review of all eligible candidates it is my distinct pleasure to announce that on June 1, I will be submitting Captain Jason Cosgriff’s name for nomination to be the next Saddle River Police Chief. Captain Cosgriff has served the Saddle River Police Department for 20 years and his professionalism and distinguished service throughout that time has elevated him to his current rank as a Captain. It has been an honor and privilege to serve with Captain Cosgriff during my term as Mayor and I look forward to continuing to serve with him in his new capacity as Chief. In addition to his professional work as a member of our police department it is also worth noting that Captain Cosgriff grew up in Saddle River and at the age of 18 joined the Saddle River Valley Recue Squad where he reached the rank of Captain and earned Life Member status. Aside from his professional accomplishments Captain Cosgriff brings forward a stellar academic record which culminated with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.

There’s not enough I can say to express my gratitude to the 35 year service of Chief McWilliams. He has always served as a steady and calming presence in the police department and throughout the community and he will be missed. I wish him nothing but well wishes in his retirement and I look forward to our continued personal friendship.

I would like thank the members of the Public Safety Committee for their important role in this process. Like my nomination, their role in this process is one of the most important things they will ever participate in on the local government level. The residents can take comfort knowing that they performed this role with a high level of diligence and seriousness that would far exceed anyone’s expectations. In addition to my own review of the candidates I placed great weight in their ultimate recommendation which aligns with my nomination. I would also be remiss if I did not thank the other candidates who stepped up for an opportunity to lead the department. They both have long and distinguished careers with the Saddle River Police Department. I consider them both to be high caliber members of this department and look forward to their continued service.

Statement from Captain Jason Cosgriff: I am very thankful for the opportunity to serve as the next Police Chief in the town I grew up in. Reaching the pinnacle of my career is one thing, but to do so in my hometown that I always loved makes it extra special. I would like to thank the Mayor and Council for their support in this process and throughout the course of my career. I would like to thank the officers of the department for the fine work that they do in a professional manner day in and day out for the residents of Saddle River. I will always maintain an open door policy and it is that type of policy that sets the foundation for a strong relationship between our agency and the community we serve. My vision for the agency is to continue the high level of service we provide and to maintain the safety and security of Saddle River.

Comment from the Saddle River PBA President, Saddle River PO Paul Passaretti – On behalf of the PBA we have always had a great relationship with the command staff and we look forward to working with Captain Cosgriff as we continue to move forward in a positive direction. His record of distinction is well noted and his service to the community and this department is well received by its members. We are pleased by a process that sets forth a smooth transition from Chief McWilliams to future Chief Cosgriff. We look forward to this next chapter in our departments history as we continue to provide a high level of service to our residents.

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