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Fair Lawn Police Promote Two, Add One

Joe Mecionis was promoted to sergeant
Joe Mecionis was promoted to sergeant Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Eric Leitman was promoted to lieutenant
Eric Leitman was promoted to lieutenant Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
After 13 years in Paterson, Javier Gutierrez joined the Fair Lawn Police Department
After 13 years in Paterson, Javier Gutierrez joined the Fair Lawn Police Department Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Joe Mecionis has his badge pinned on by his wife.
Joe Mecionis has his badge pinned on by his wife. Photo Credit: Anthony Locicero
Leitman, Gutierrez, Mecionis
Leitman, Gutierrez, Mecionis Photo Credit: Fair Lawn PBA Local #67

FAIR LAWN, N.J.– Two Fair Lawn police officers were promoted, while another joined the force this week.

Eric Leitman, 37, was promoted to lieutenant. He is a 1997 graduate of Fair Lawn High School who joined the department in 2004.

"He's been an asset to our department for his whole career," said Fair Lawn Police Chief Glen Cauwels. "I can't wait for him to lead the platoon like I know he could."

New Sgt. Joseph Mecionis, 46, was also sworn.

Mecionis, a 1987 graduate of Bergen County Academies, specializes as a firearms officer for the department. He joined in 1999 after working as a state corrections officer.

"I've known him for a long time. There's no doubt in my mind that he's going to do a good job," said Cauwels. "This is basically just the changing of the badge for him. He's a leader."

Mecionis is a chemical agent operator with the Bergen County Rapid Deployment Force and an electrician with IBEW Local #64.

Javier Gutierrez, 38, is the department's newest hire after working in Paterson for 13 years.

Gutierrez, who graduated from Passaic County Technical Institute, will be assigned to the patrol division.

"We grabbed him on a lateral transfer," Cauwels said before the ceremony. "I have to let you in on a little secret: We swore him in two weeks ago. He's been working, but we're going to have an official swearing in."

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