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Little Falls Gains New Police Chief, Lieutenant

Little Falls Mayor Darlene Conti swears in new Police Chief Steve Post Monday, Dec. 7. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma
Little Falls Mayor Darlene Conti swears in new Lit. Jim Minella Monday, Dec. 7. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma
Members of the Little Falls Police Department come together during a swearing-in ceremony for the new chief and lieutenant Monday, Dec. 7. Photo Credit: Joshua Jongsma

LITTLE FALLS, N.J. — The Little Falls Police Department gained new leadership after new Chief Steve Post and Lt. Jim Minella were sworn in Monday night.

Post and Minella have nearly 50 years of combined experience in the department.

"I know that both of these gentlemen will continue to lead our police department into the future with integrity and professionalism," Mayor Darlene Conti said.

Post, 40, was a lieutenant before becoming chief. He's spent 22 years with the department and served as detective, sergeant, patrol officer and dispatcher.

The chief thanked the mayor and council, the rest of the department and his family for helping him succeed.

"I will not disappoint any of you," he said.

Post replaces retired Chief John Dmuchowski.

Minella, a 52-year-old Little Falls native, has worked for the department for 25 years. He's been a patrol officer and detective sergeant.

"It feels great, it's a great opportunity," he said of his new position.

Both Minella and Post are proven leaders, Conti said.

The department also recently hired five new officers: Christopher Kania, Jonathan Cespedes, Jo Vincent Emperio, Ryan Dubiel and Raymond Tulling.

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