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Thursday, February 07, 2019

Padovano Named WPD Captain

Copied from Town of Westfield announcement. 

WESTFIELD – FEBRUARY 7, 2019 – Westfield Police Chief Christopher Battiloro has announced the promotion of Lieutenant Frank Padovano to Captain of Police, effective February 1, 2019, and the appointment of Rabbi Douglas Sagal of Temple Emanu-El and Deacon Keith Gibbons of Holy Trinity Catholic Church as Police Chaplains, effective February 12, 2019. 
Captain Padovano was appointed to the Westfield Police Department as a Patrol Officer on July 24, 1998.  He was subsequently promoted to the rank of Sergeant of Police on June 2, 2008 and to Lieutenant of Police on July 29, 2013.
Captain Padovano is a 1997 graduate of Rutgers University and, prior to his appointment to the Westfield Police Department, served as a Corrections Officer with the New Jersey Department of Corrections.
Captain Padovano is a highly decorated member of the Westfield Police Department.  He was awarded two Life Saving Medals, the Medal of Merit, twelve Command Citations, the Hurricane Sandy Service Award and two Certificates of Merit. 
Captain Padovano served as a member of both the civil disturbance and SWAT elements of the Union County Emergency Response Team.  He presently serves as the commanding officer of the Westfield Police Department’s Emergency Service Unit and as the Westfield Police Department’s supervising Firearms Instructor.
Captain Padovano will be assigned as the commanding officer of the Westfield Police Department’s Administrative Division.  Additionally, he will serve as the Westfield Police Department’s Accreditation Manager, once the department commences the process of seeking accreditation from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police in 2019.
Captain Padovano resides in Cranford with his wife, Michelle, and their three children: Jordan, Olivia and Riley.


  1. Wow, this was announced on January 24th... 2 weeks ago. None of your inside rats told you earlier? You're slacking!

    1. TFoTM made the prediction months ago before it was recently made official. A source was not needed to predict the obvious.

  2. Maybe change your website to...

    Fact of the Matter: Westfield’s own Nostradamus

  3. You care, you commented. Thank you for your interest along with the 840,000 other pageviews.

  4. I care about the “juice”.. not your elementary predictions

    You’re welcome

    1. My point exactly from my post above. We want the inside juicy stuff; not 2 week old announcements copied from Facebook. And your "prediction" was irrelevant, anyone with a brain could figure out who the favorite was. Sounds like there isn't anything else to report which is a good thing.

  5. Here’s a prediction. I predict Lugo will never make police chief.

  6. Maybe he can if he applies to sea girt unless that position has been filled already??