Woodland Park Mayor Keith Kazmark and the Borough Council on Dec. 5 promoted Woodland Park Police Department Lieutenants John Uzzalino and Luigi DeLuca to Captain before a packed house in Council Chambers.
“You will never find a person who would have anything bad to say about either of these two men,” said Police Chief Eileen Tiernan.
Mayor Kazmark noted that the two new Captains complement each other perfectly in helping to lead the department with Chief Tiernan – with Uzzalino’s strength in technical aspects and DeLuca’s strength in community policing.
Uzzalino, a lifelong resident of Woodland Park, graduated from Passaic Valley High School in 1989 and the New Jersey State Police Academy in July 1995. He has been with the department since March of 1995. Prior to serving a as school resource officer from 2002 to 2005, he was assigned to the Detective Bureau in 2005. Uzzalino was promoted to Sergeant in 2007 and to Lieutenant in 2013. The Police Department’s lead firearms instructor, he is in charge of the Detective Bureau, training and firearms.
DeLuca, a resident of Woodland Park since he was 10, graduated from Passaic Valley High School in 1987 and the New Jersey State Police Academy in May 1994. He has been with the department since Dec. 24, 1993. DeLuca was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 and to Lieutenant 2013. The Police Department’s CPR and DEFIB instructor, he is in charge of the Patrol Department, crossing guards, vehicles and outside road work.