Washington, DC– On October 16, 2016, Luis Guzman, former two-three year term-Vice President of the Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR) was appointed to Chief of Police of the City of Passaic in New Jersey, becoming the first Dominican American in the United States serving in such capacity.
“Everybody is invited to join us in congratulating a good man who served with distinction from 2004 to 2010 as vice president of Cid Wilson, Victor Capellan and Nestor Montilla, former presidents of The Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR), the only nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC advocating for the socio-economic and political advancement of Dominicans in the United States and territories, including the U.S. Virgin Islands,” said Professor and Reverend Alejandro Benjamin, current DANR National Senior Vice President.
“I will be remised if I don’t mention that I will always remember Luis as a loyal and fully committed earnest Vice President who had my back as I was performing the duties as the 7th President of DANR,” said Nestor Montilla, Sr., current chairman of DANR and the National Dominican American Council (NDAC). “Moreover, I will always remember Luis for introducing me to a packed audience in Walt Disney in 2009, when I delivered the first DANR’s state of Dominican in the US address. His words still resound in many in the audience when he introduced me by saying:
“Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the Dominican American National Roundtable comes to the position with an impressive background in organization, sociological research and public relations. The combination of those skills make him a focused visionary and hands-on leader who is setting the agenda for the Dominican American National Roundtable and Dominicans in the United States for the next ten years. Please help me welcome…Nestor Montilla.” (Watch and hear Luis Guzman introducing Nestor Montilla, Sr here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YM10JmphX7A
“I was there when Luis introduced Nestor in front of many of the Dominican American leaders who have been integral part of The Dominican American National Roundtable; the very ones who have either been elected to public office or have succeeded in their fields of expertise. I imagined that our own Vice President Luis Guzman was going to be one of those successful Dominicans in the audience and around the US. Today, witnessing Luis become the first Dominican American Chief of Police of an urban city in the history of the United States of America, makes me proud to be Dominican. Please join me in praising this noble man,” said proudly the Honorable Claribel Martinez-Marmolejos, who is currently the 10th President of DANR and a legislator in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Congratulate Chief of Police Luis Guzman via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
While in the Police Academy he received the Distinguished Graduate Award for ranking 1 among all Police Officer Trainees.
After the Police Academy, he was assigned to walking the beat throughout the city for over 3 years. He was then assigned to the Patrol Division for another 4 years.
Before being assigned to the Detective Bureau for the next 3 years as an investigator, in February of 2000 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and assigned to supervise detectives. Also during his tenure as a Sergeant, he worked in the Patrol division and Community Policing Unit.
In October of 2004 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. As a lieutenant, he has held the position of Commander of several Patrol Shifts, the Detective Bureau and Internal Affairs Division.
In September of 2011 Luis was promoted to rank of Captain and was assigned to commander of all uniformed divisions then after several years he was transferred to Detective Bureau to command all non-uniformed divisions.
Luis Guzman has been a Law Enforcement officer for over 27 -years.
He has also been a Professor of Criminal Justice at Passaic County Community College, for over 12 years with a Master Degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
He has also volunteered as a youth baseball coach in the city Passaic at various levels. Since 1992 (over 22 years), he was also the head Junior Varsity Baseball coach a Passaic High School.
Luis is also the father of three boys and husband to Aura for over 30 years.
The Dominican American National Roundtable (DANR) is the only national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Washington, DC, advocating for the socio-economic and civic development of Dominicans in the United States.
DANR is presided over by a National Board of Directors led by an executive committee composed of a president, a vice president, a youth president, a chairman, a treasurer, and a vice president representing Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.