BERGENFIELD, N.J. — Cathy Madalone made history in 1994 when she became the first woman to join the Bergenfield Police Department . But making history once wasn’t enough for this bold woman.
Now the 21-year veteran is becoming Bergen County’s first female police chief. Madalone will oversee a 44-member department where only one other officer is a woman.
“I was in the military and the ratio was 50 to 1,” said Cathy Racas, a dispatcher for the department. “I started in ’94, like Capt. Madalone, when there weren’t many women in the field, so she set the bar for us. – READ MORE