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Fair Lawn Police Officer Resigns

Officer Juan Rodriguez will resign his position with the Fair Lawn Police Department effective June 29 and join the Paterson Police Department.

officer Juan Rodriguez, who was , has resigned, effective June 29, to accept a position with the Paterson Police Department.

Rodriguez, an Afghanistan war veteran, had worked as a patrolman in Paterson for four years before being laid off by the department in 2011, and taking a job in Fair Lawn. When he was recently offered his old job back, the Paterson native and longtime resident decided to return to the department.

While Rodriguez could not be reached for comment, borough manager Tom Metzler said his decision to leave Fair Lawn was not made lightly.

"Per his conversations with me yesterday, it was not an easy decision for him," Metzler said Friday. "But Paterson offers lifetime healthcare benefits after they retire and Fair Lawn does not. I think the decision was an economic one."

Metzler said he did not believe Rodriguez's departure was related to .

"He was nothing but grateful," Metzler said. "He said it was a very, very difficult decision for him, that he felt very well accepted in Fair Lawn and very well entrenched, enjoyed working in the community, was grateful for the opportunity to work here, but he just felt that this was what was best for him and his family."

With the resignation of Rodriguez, the is back down to 54 officers and will immediately begin looking for a replacement.

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IsmellaRatt June 25, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Dorothy you seem to have a vested interest and unyeilding access to information...... HMMMMMMM.....
Stuart Pace June 25, 2012 at 08:51 PM
If any of you would come out from hiding it would be a frickin miracle.
Bruce Knuckle June 26, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Stu, it would be a miracle if you ever picked a winner. Who appointed you Captain sideshows personal mouthpiece. ...Hey Zak, want me to write the story for you too? A sudden disappearance of one of the department heads might be a story.
Gabriel Francis June 26, 2012 at 08:53 PM
PBA local 67 gave up medical benefits after retirement during contract negotiations back in the 80s. Great decision!
Tom Tom, the piper's son July 17, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Has anyone checked with Paterson lately. Because they no longer have lifetime benefits. In fact, a detective friend of mine who has been with the department for 18 years was just notified that his "lifetime heath benefit" has been yanked. Methinks Officer Rodriguez got the fuzzy end of the lollipop on this decision.

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