Press Release Article

Statement from Chairman Kevin O’Toole and Executive Director Rick Cotton on Retirement of PAPD Superintendent Michael A. Fedorko

Date: May 07, 2018
Press Release Number: 79-2018

“Superintendent of Police and Director of Public Safety for the Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) Michael A. Fedorko today announced his retirement from the organization, effective immediately.

“Superintendent Fedorko has served in the role since 2009, leading more than 1,700 uniformed officers responsible for the safety and security of travelers and tenants at all Port Authority facilities including its airports, bridges and tunnels, the Port Authority Bus Terminal, maritime facilities, the PATH rail system – and of course the World Trade Center campus and the extraordinary security measures it requires.

“We thank Superintendent Fedorko not only for his service to the Port Authority, but for the dedication of his career to service to our region and country. As Vietnam veteran, he served proudly in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 to 1972, earning a Purple Heart after being wounded in action at Khe Sanh, Republic of Vietnam on March 24, 1967. He then commenced what would become a remarkable tenure with the New Jersey State Police, beginning as a general duty road trooper in 1969 and eventually rising to rank of lieutenant colonel and being appointed Acting Superintendent of New Jersey State Police by Governor Christine Todd Whitman. He also served as head of the Governor’s security unit during the administrations of Governor Brendan Byrne and Governor Thomas Kean. We wish him well as he begins his next chapter.

“In light of the Superintendent’s retirement, Edward Cetnar will serve as Acting Superintendent of PAPD. Ed has served as PAPD’s deputy superintendent since 2014, prior to which he served as a 27-year veteran of the New Jersey State Police, leading, among other major initiatives, the comprehensive security efforts for Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in 2014.

“We look forward to working with him to maintain a resolute focus on safety and security as our top priority across all of our facilities.”

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