Summit Police Chief Bartolotti Announces Intent to Retire

(above) Summit Police Chief Andrew J. Bartolotti announced his intention to retire on December 31, 2021 after 25 years in law enforcement.

Police Chief Announces Intent to Retire

City of Summit

On September 7, 2021, Summit Police Chief Andrew J. Bartolotti notified Mayor Nora Radest and members of the Common Council of his intention to retire on December 31, 2021, after 25 years in law enforcement, serving the last 16 months as Chief of Police in Summit. 

“I sincerely thank Chief Bartolotti for his years of dedicated service to our city,” says Summit Mayor Nora Radest. “The Summit Police Department, especially over the past 18 months, is better for his leadership. He safely guided his officers and all of us through the challenges of a global pandemic and periods of social unrest. I have every confidence that the department is now set for future success.” 

Chief Bartolotti was appointed to the position of Chief of Police in June 2020 by Mayor Radest. She is expected to announce his successor by the end of October. 

“It has been a privilege to serve this community as a Summit police officer and more recently as its Chief of Police,” explains Bartolotti. “Over the next several months, I will work closely with Mayor Radest and police department administration to secure a smooth transition of authority. A succession plan is in place to ensure the future success of the agency and uninterrupted delivery of services to the community through the exceptional leadership of our men and women in uniform.” 

A formal statement by Chief Bartolotti in the form of a letter to the community will be sent closer to his planned retirement date in December. 

Professional Background and Achievements 

Chief Andrew Bartolotti joined the Summit Police Department in April 2000. In 2004, he was assigned to the detective bureau and served on a number of Union County task forces. In 2007, he was promoted to Sergeant and, in 2011, to Lieutenant. As a lieutenant, Bartolotti attended the FBI’s law enforcement executive development course at Princeton University and graduated from the NJ State Association of Captains of Police (NJSACP) Command Leadership Academy. 

Bartolotti earned the rank of Captain in 2012 and was assigned as the divisional commander of the support services division, overseeing the department’s juvenile, community policing, traffic, and field training units. In 2016, he was one of 15 New Jersey law enforcement executives to train at the International College of Policing in Great Britain. One year later, he represented Summit with distinction when he was selected as one of six law enforcement executives from the Garden State to attend the prestigious FBI national academy in Quantico, VA. 

Additional information on the Summit Police Department is available on the City of Summit website.

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