photo by Boyd Loving Village of Ridgewood Mayor Susan Knudsen administered the oath of office to two new Ridgewood PD Patrol Officers Recent Bergen County Police Academy graduates Hector Perez and Miguel Torreslopez

it’s because of your obvious ignorance as to how the Civil Sevice hiring process works. From the NJ Civil Service Commission website:
“After you pass your exam, your name goes on an eligible list ranked by score. When an appointing authority (hiring agency) notifies the Civil Service Commission (CSC) that it wants to fill vacancies, CSC sends them the names that are ranked highest on the eligible list for the title they want to use. This is called a certification list. When your name appears on a certification list, it means that you may be interviewed and considered for appointment.
Also, when your name appears on a certification list, CSC will send you a Notification of Certification. You must contact the appointing authority in writing within 5 business days to express your interest. If you do not respond, your name may be removed from the eligible list.
If a Disabled Veteran or Veteran is the first name on the certification, the appointing authority must hire that candidate unless there is a very good reason not to. If there are no disabled veterans or veterans on a certification, the appointing authority can normally choose from among the top 3 candidates for each position.”
So no, political correctedness has nothing to do with it or you can’t have your mom appoint you if she’s the mayor.
Btw..One of the new officers is a former platoon leader in the Marines with four tours in the Middle East. The other one is an active reservist in the Air Force. And I believe neither one is Mexican.