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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.