Press Release Article


Date: Oct 22, 2014
Press Release Number: 219-2014

The Port Authority today announced the hiring of Lt. Colonel Edward Cetnar, a 27-year New Jersey State Police commander, as the agency's Deputy Superintendent of Police. Lt. Colonel Cetnar is the current Deputy Superintendent of Operations for the State Police.

Mr. Cetnar, who will begin his new job on November 3, fills the number two position in the Port Authority Police Department ("PAPD"), which is charged with providing security for the bistate agency's facilities in the region.

"Ed Cetnar is a consummate police professional who brings a wealth of experience to his new role at the Port Authority Police Department," said Port Authority Chairman John Degnan. "At a time when our department faces so many complex public safety challenges, I'm very pleased to have a law enforcement veteran of Col. Cetnar's stature join our team."

"As a 27-year veteran who rose through the ranks in one of the nation's most highly regarded police agencies, Ed Cetnar has the skills and stature necessary to help command the PAPD's most essential and sensitive operations," said Port Authority Chief Security Officer Joseph Dunne. "Working closely with Superintendent Michael Fedorko, he will be a great addition to the leadership of our police department."

"Ed Cetnar is a respected commander of the New Jersey State Police who has extensive experience in Homeland Security, Emergency Management and Strategic Planning, expertise that will be invaluable to our department moving forward," said Port Authority Superintendent of Police Michael Fedorko. "I know he will bring the same commitment, integrity and skill he demonstrated with the State Police to his new role with the Port Authority and I look forward to working with him in the years ahead."

Chief Dunne said Mr. Cetnar will report to Superintendent of Police/Director of Public Safety Fedorko, who joined the agency in 2009 after retiring as Acting Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police following a 31-year career. Dunne said the recruitment of Lt. Colonel Cetnar also represents good succession planning at the PAPD, as Cetnar is expected to be a candidate to succeed Superintendent Fedorko when he elects to retire.

In his current position with the State Police, Lt. Col. Cetnar is in charge of all operations and investigative activities of approximately 1,600 State Troopers in New Jersey. His responsibilities include oversight of 29 duty stations and specialty units throughout the state. He also oversees security of critical infrastructure including the Statehouse, Atlantic City International Airport, MetLife Stadium, the Izod Center and Fort Monmouth.

Lt. Col. Cetnar most recently served as the incident commander for the 2014 Super Bowl held at MetLife Stadium. In that role, he was in charge of coordinating security matters with the National Football League and law enforcement agencies around the region relating to this major national sporting event.

In his new role, Mr. Cetnar will be part of the leadership team that oversees the Port Authority Police Department, which consists of more than 1,700 uniformed officers. They are responsible for the safety and security of travelers and tenants in all of the Port Authority's land, sea, air and rail facilities.

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