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Michael Mordaga

Chief of Detectives for the Prosecutor's Office

Bergen Dispatch

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Background Information

Employment History

Undercover Officer

Bergen County Police Department


Civilian Director

Hackensack University Medical Center


Affiliations

Police Athletic League of Bergen County

Founder


Education

Hackensack High School


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Bergen County Houses Of Worship

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With Michael Mordaga gone as civilian Director of the Hackensack Police Department and a clear and repeated message from ...


POLICE TRAINING and EDUCATION BOARD

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Michael Mordaga, ChiefBergen County Prosecutor's Office


Mordaga: A Man on a Mission | The County Seat

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Photo Courtesy: Michael Mordaga
Michael Mordaga, newly appointed as Hackensack's police director. On Feb. 4, the face of the Hackensack Police Department will change forever. For the first time in the force's history, a civilian police director will be leading the men and women in blue. Michael Mordaga, a highly-decorated law enforcement expert, says his first order of business is to restore and rebuild trust in a department which has been riddled in controversy. Mordaga, 55, is taking over the helm from Interim Chief Tomas Padilla, who officially retired on Jan. 31. A captain will fill in until Mordaga begins his one-year contract. Mordaga will earn an annual salary of $150,000 per year and will continue to collect his annual state pension of $124,000. A private security firm with which Mordaga has been affiliated will not perform any work for the City of Hackensack while Mordaga holds the position of police director. Michael Mordaga as a police captain in 1998. Although Mordaga is technically a civilian director, he will be armed. "I carried a firearm for my entire career and will continue to carry a firearm," Mordaga said, dispelling recent reports to the contrary. Mordaga, a graduate of Hackensack High School, began his law enforcement career as an undercover officer with the Bergen County Narcotics Task Force in 1976 then joined the Hackensack force. After 25 years in the city, Mordaga left Hackensack in 2002 to take a job as chief of detectives for the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office but his ties to Hackensack remained strong. When it came time for the Hackensack City Council to select one among the 30 candidates who applied for the director position, Mordaga was the obvious choice. "The overwhelming support from the Hackensack community as a whole, combined with my love for the City of Hackensack, and the fact that my career as a police officer had been with the Hackensack Police Department, is what brought me back here," he said. Mordaga is the most decorated cop in Hackensack history with a career that span more than 30 years. He's received more than 180 commendations, executed more than 5,000 arrests and assisted in thousands of drug busts. Twenty years ago, Mordaga founded the Bergen Police Athletic League and remains actively involved with the city's summer basketball league and various other youth programs. He retired from the prosecutor's office in 2007 and has been working in the private sector. "I have always been proud of the Hackensack P.D. I remember the feeling I had as a police officer in that department, and I want to bring that same feeling back for the men and women serving the department now," he said. Another area that Mordaga is focused on is improving security within Hackensack schools. "I've been researching many ideas that I am eager to discuss with the board of education," Mordaga said. "These ideas rely on law enforcement involvement, not private security." Mordaga and his wife, Cynthia, have four children, Jenna, Louis, Michael and Anthony.


Records suggest kickbacks to ex-detective chief of Bergen County Prosecutor's Office

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Michael Mordaga, former chief of detectives in the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.
But earlier reporting by The Record bolsters a key aspect of the new court filings: that Michael Mordaga, who retired as chief in 2007, had a role in bringing the attorney the case of a man injured in a 2005 corporate jet crash at Teterboro Airport. On the day of the accident, Mordaga visited the injured man's family at the hospital and subsequently recommended that they hire Weiner, the man's daughter said in a 2010 interview in Florida. Documents obtained by The Record indicate contact between Mordaga and Weiner - two telephone calls on the day of the crash and 10 more by the time the lawsuit was filed on the victim's behalf less than three months later. The records for Mordaga's county-issued cellphone also show a call to the victim's daughter, Diane Dinnall, on the evening of the crash, and four more in subsequent weeks. The recent paperwork filed in court points to what the family calls a "business arrangement" among Mordaga, Lagano and Weiner - with Mordaga allegedly making "illegal" referrals to Weiner and Lagano loaning money to the firm to fund the cases. The recent paperwork filed in court points to what the family calls a "business arrangement" among Mordaga, Lagano and Weiner - with Mordaga allegedly making "illegal" referrals to Weiner and Lagano loaning money to the firm to fund the cases. Records filed by the family - apparently from Weiner's defunct firm - suggest Mordaga was to be paid nearly $100,000 in connection with the Teterboro case. There is also a partial transcript of a deposition of the firm's onetime comptroller, who testified that Mordaga referred "a couple of cases" to Weiner. Mordaga, who served as Hackensack's civilian police director for the last three years until stepping down in May, did not return calls. The state Attorney General's Office, which represents Mordaga and the Prosecutor's Office in the suit, declined comment. It's unknown if the New Jersey Attorney General's Office has ever investigated the claims related to Mordaga and Weiner. Allegations that Mordaga had inappropriate ties with Lagano first surfaced in a 2010 whistle-blower lawsuit by a state investigator who died before his case could be resolved. In the upper right-hand corner of the pad were the words "Chief Mike Mordaga," "Bergen County Prosecutor" and the numbers for Mordaga's county-paid cellphone and office. She remembered being upset that no representatives from other agencies came by. Mordaga, she said, was a welcomed sight. Contacted again recently and told of the allegations now surfacing in court, Dinnall declined to discuss the matter further, other than to recall that Mordaga had been very helpful. As for Mordaga, he said, "I know of him," but never spoke with him. "I believe," he said, "Mordaga referred a couple of cases to Richard (Weiner)." Ziskis was questioned about three documents, each with the name "Dinnall" at the top and "Mordaga" and either "Lagano" or "Frank" in the body. Asked if Mordaga referred the Dinnall case to the firm, Ziskis first said: "I have no idea," then added: "I would presume since he was getting 10 percent not to exceed a hundred thousand dollars that he was involved in - he referred the case." Jeffrey Strauss and Raymond Carroll, two attorneys who worked with Weiner, said they had no knowledge of any arrangement with Mordaga or Lagano to refer or fund cases handled by the firm, known at the time as Weiner, Carroll & Strauss. "More particularly, the documents relate to illegal case referrals by Michael Mordaga on multimillion-dollar cases, and the legal funding of these cases by Frank P. Lagano," he wrote.


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The city brought in Michael Mordaga, former chief of detectives for the Bergen County prosecutor's office, as a civilian director in 2013 after former police chief Ken Zisa was forced to forfeit the office after his 2012 conviction on misconduct and fraud charges.
The decision also is intended to ensure upper-management continuity for the day that Mordaga decides to step down, he said. "Mordaga's not going to be here forever. The two additional captains would give more officers a chance to lead, Mordaga said. "The key is to put the person into the captain position, into a leadership role, to see if they're prepared and give them the experience," Mordaga said. The department operates under Mordaga as its civilian director and Capt. Timothy Lloyd as the officer-in-charge, the department's highest-ranking officer. The city brought in Michael Mordaga, former chief of detectives for the Bergen County prosecutor's office, as a civilian director in 2013 after former police chief Ken Zisa was forced to forfeit the office after his 2012 conviction on misconduct and fraud charges. The decision also is intended to ensure upper-management continuity for the day that Mordaga decides to step down, he said. "Mordaga's not going to be here forever. The two additional captains would give more officers a chance to lead, Mordaga said. "The key is to put the person into the captain position, into a leadership role, to see if they're prepared and give them the experience," Mordaga said. The department operates under Mordaga as its civilian director and Capt. Timothy Lloyd as the officer-in-charge, the department's highest-ranking officer.


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