Police Chief William Corcoran Moving On?

In Uncategorized on June 25, 2008 at 6:11 pm

For weeks, Village Hall has been abuzz with rumors that Ridgewood Police Chief William Corcoran would be retiring this summer and moving to a position in private industry.

It is now being reported that the Chief will indeed retire on or about July 31, but will continue his government service by assuming the title of Public Safety Director at Bergen Community College.

Had Detective Captain Keith Killion not been elected to the Ridgewood Village Council, he would have been next in line for the soon to be vacant police chief’s position.

However, Killion’s July 1 departure from police service means that the less senior Police Captain, Midland Park resident John LiPuma, will likely be appointed Ridgewood’s next police chief.

Other departmental organization changes/promotions will be required as direct result of its two most senior members departing within the same month.

It is also being rumored that Mr. Corcoran has privately announced plans to run for Village Council in 2010.

Best wishes to Bill & Keith in their new roles!


  1. Today in history — JUNE 25

    Thought you might find this interesting…

    1788 – Virginia ratified the U.S. Constitution

    1876 – Custer’s Last Stand at the Battle of the Little Bighorn

    1950 – North Korea invades South Korea

    1962 – U.S. Supreme Court ruled that school prayer was unconstitutional (Engel v. Vitale – NY State)

    1996 – A truck bomb killed 19 Americans and injured hundreds at a U.S. military base in Saudi Arabia

    1998 – U.S. Supreme Court ruled that HIV-infected people are protected by the Americans With Disabilities Act.
    1998 – U.S. Supreme Court rejected a 1997 line-item veto law as unconstitutional

    2007 – Chris Benoit (WWE wrestler) killed his wife and 7-year-old son and then himself (Steroid Rage)

    and of course…
    2007 – A judge in Washington, D.C., ruled in favor of a dry cleaner sued by a dissatisfied customer who was demanding $54 million for his missing pants.

  2. Hope the council is ready for a new lawsauit filed from a high ranking officers if he’s not promoted……he’s done it before.

  3. I don’t know why they keep screwing with the guy, from what I am told he does an excellent job, and is well respected by both cops and community. Maybe if they stop screwing with the guy, it won’t come to that.

  4. Are you talking about lieutenant Ward. If so he has always been a straight shooter,in fact and involved with community activities and programs. He taught my kids DARE and has both positive and professional in every dealing my family has had with him. I signed a petition supporting him, the last time the town chose to play games. I heard he is in line for a captain’s position, is that correct?

  5. 244″signed a petition supporting him” yikes didnt he shot at a fellow officer wtf ? well atlest he wasnt sleeping with your underaged daughter lol

  6. 247 you have gotten your facts wrong. the two officers involved in that mess lost their jobs. As for your other comment once again you seem to be confused. To the best of my knowledge he has outstanding record of service to our community and never has been accused any wrong doing. You should check your local papers and spelling ” it is shoot not shot.

  7. Leaving? I didn’t even know he was here.

  8. Thank you for some of your support. Let’s get the spelling right. Anyone from outside Ridgewod
    would think that just the underpaid workers are puttting this stuff on the blog!!!

  9. 4:28 PM

    Thank you for correcting the prior post.

    2:47 You should be careful with your facts before you comment.

  10. Keith will be an amazing mayor and Bergen Community will be lucky to have Bill.

  11. If Corcoran were to run the public would have a right to ask questions about incidents that happened when he was chief. That would be very interesting.

  12. Corcoran is incompetent as the police chief. Running for office? Oh brother, we are in trouble! Merlino and Corcoran should run for office as a team.

  13. Merlino live in Midland Park; can’t run for office in Ridgewood (thank goodness).

  14. who is under paid.not the police or fire.

  15. You can ask Corcoran all the questions you want about “when he was chief”….but he doesn’t have to answer any of them.

  16. Since you brought up Merlino – We had an audit and then a few years later a survey. When are we going to remodel the building department?

    I don’t know anyone who thinks that they are doing a good job.

  17. The village likes to pay for audits, but doesn’t seem to listen to the professionals they hire, particularly when it doesn’t fit into the personal adgendas of the policitally connected. THe top management of the village has only been concerned with taking care of their buddies, at the expenses of tax payers and those village employees who do their jobs. Hopefully Killion, Zusy and Aronsohn will but an end to the nonsense and do the right thing for village.

  18. If Corcoran didn’t answer legitimate questions about “when he was chief” that would speak volumes. And questions would be asked.

  19. to 829.what is the right thing.dont you take care of your buddies,hummmm.yea right.hahayou jerk.

  20. There would be no reason to ask someone questions about a job he HAD. Are you gonna ask keith questions about when he was captain?? It wouldn’t pertain to his current position.

  21. Killion wasn’t in charge of the Police Department, Corcoran was. Had Killion been in charge and scandals happened under his watch of course he would be asked about them and how he handled them. Past performance is an excellent indicator of future performance. Bottom line: Corcoran runs pointed questions will be asked. But if he did everything right I assume he would welcome those questions.

  22. Well it appears that he plans to dump the council with another law suit as a parting gift.

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