Trenton Police Department Promotes Eight Officers at City Hall

New Lieutenants and Sergeants Represent Most Diverse Promotion Class in Trenton History

October 20, 2020

TRENTON, NJ (MERCER)–Mayor W. Reed Gusciora and Police Director Sheilah A. Coley today announced the advancement of three lieutenants, five sergeants, and a new Chief of Communications as part of a new promotion class that includes the most diverse group of officers in the history of the Trenton Police Department (TPD).

“This is without a doubt our most diverse promotion class in history and helps ensure that our leadership is a reflection of the community it serves,” said Director Coley. “Above all, these are outstanding officers who have already been tested for months in an acting capacity, and I have no doubt they will excel in these new roles going forward.”

“Today’s event is a celebration of these officers’ exceptional service to the people of Trenton and will undoubtedly enhance the police department’s leadership and accountability for the foreseeable future,” said Mayor Gusciora. “I couldn’t have asked for better group of officers to honor today at City Hall.”

Gary Sondej, Howard Watkins, and Sheila Tatarek were promoted to lieutenant. Rosemarie Addar, Gregory Hollo, Walter Rivera, George Wilson, and Luis Nazario were promoted to sergeant. Graciela Cruz-Acosta was promoted to serve as the Chief of Communications.

Today’s promotions included the first African American lieutenant to be promoted in 22 years, and only the third woman to be promoted to lieutenant in TPD history and the only one currently serving on the force. Today also marks the first woman serving as Chief of Communications. Of the five new sergeants, one is African American, one is Latino American, and another is a woman.