New Chief is Ready for Role as Top Chair

By Ryan Levinsohn, Staff Writer

Teaneck Suburbanite, July 16, 2008, p. 3

On July 1, Robert Wilson officially became Teaneck's police chief, filling the role that was previously occupied by acting Chief Fred Ahearn and retiring Chief Paul Tierman before him.

Wilson, 43, has been on the police force since 1987 when he served as a patrol officer for seven years. In 1992 he was promoted to sergeant, then to lieutenant in 1995 and most recently in 2003 he was promoted to captain.

Wilson's promotion to chief is just one of many promotions made in the 98 officer department.

"Approximately 20 percent of the police department has been promoted or reassigned to more desirable jobs so there's a lot of happiess," Willson said.

As chief, Wilson hopes that the department continues to provide the same services to the township that has for the past 94 years, and will make adjustments when necessary.

"I'm just excited about getting involved in work and making sure all our processes are in order, evaluate the organization, analyze our policies and procedures, identify any problems that may exist, implement any kind of reforms that need to be made and just basically monitor the performance into the future," Wilson said.

As chief he is overseeing the completion of construction on the police station and actively playing a part in the hiring of up to three new officers. Wilson will submit recommendations for the new officers to Township Manager Helene Fall, who appointed Wilson.

"My determination is that he is very qualified to be in the position," Fall said. "I do believe that the community and the department will be well served by his leadership."

"The people know that they can come to us and they can get the services they need and we can do it efficiently and effectively with respect," Wilson said.

Wilson first became an officer when he was 19, at the recommendation of his uncle, an officer in North Bergen.

"Even as a child, growing up in Teaneck, I always know the police department was about providing service," Wilson said. "We try to keep that as our main thrust. I want to build as many positive relationships as I can between the police department and the various entities and citizen groups within the community."

Wilson received his associate's degree in police science from Bergen Community College, his bachelor's degree from Jersey City State College and a master's in public administration from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of the West Point Command and Leadership School and is certified by the state as a public manager.

Wilson resides in Bergen County with his wife of 20 years, Joan, and three kids Maggie, Elizabeth, and Bobby.

"I feel honored to have been given the opportunity to be police chief," Wilson said. "I am going to work my best to provide the highest level of service I can."