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Mayor Diaz Appoints Acting Police Chief

Benjamin Ruiz with Larry Cattano *File Photo by Carolyn Maxwell

Benjamin Ruiz, left, with Larry Cattano
*File Photo by Carolyn Maxwell

Cattano Takes Over For Suspended Chief Ruiz

Mayor Diaz’s Statement on Police Chief Allegations

News Release 12/16/14

PERTH AMBOY — Mayor Wilda Diaz responds to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s charges against Chief Benjamin Ruiz, below:

“I have been informed by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office that it has charged the Chief of Police with allegations announced in a statement by Prosecutor Andrew Carey.

Throughout my six years as Mayor of Perth Amboy, I have prided myself on running an open and ethical administration. I have taken immediate action to ensure the best interest of the residents of our community.

Although we live in a society where each one of us is innocent until proven guilty, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s charges are serious enough that I am immediately moving to suspend Chief Ruiz without pay until the final resolution of the charges against him.

Effective immediately, I have appointed Captain Larry Cattano, as Acting Deputy Chief of Police. He has been placed in command of all Police Department operations until further notice.”

All questions regarding the matter should be directed to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

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