RTPD Chief Chris Nitti to Retire Effective Dec. 31
ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - (September 13, 2021) - Robbinsville Township Mayor and Director of Public Safety Dave Fried announced today that Police Chief Chris Nitti will retire following 28 years of exemplary public service on December 31, 2021.
Nitti, 47, was named the full-time replacement for Marty Masseroni on April 26, 2016. Masseroni had served the RTPD for 35 years, including 12 as chief.
“I want to thank Mayor Dave Fried, Township Council and Administrator Joy Tozzi for giving me this opportunity,” Nitti said. “For the past 28 years I’ve had the pleasure of working for, and alongside, the most selfless, courageous and respected men and women in law enforcement. I am very proud of our record and can assure you the RTPD is in good hands moving forward.”
Born and raised in Hamilton Township and graduate of Notre Dame High, Nitti began his Robbinsville PD career at the age of 18 as a dispatcher. He remained in that role for four years, until a police officer position opened in 1996. From there, he has worked his way up the ranks - four years on patrol, eight years as a detective, a stint as a DARE officer, five years as a sergeant on patrol and three years as a lieutenant.
In the battle against opioid addiction, Chief Nitti has been instrumental in the successful implementation of the C.A.R.E. program, which in just five short years has been adopted by every municipality in Mercer County.
“Chief Nitti is such an enormous asset to our town his shoes will be very difficult to fill,” Mayor Fried said. “He is not only a great officer and an exemplary chief, but he is also one of the most compassionate and caring people I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Chris will be sorely missed. Our RTPD leadership has incredible depth, and I have every confidence our outstanding department will not miss a beat.”
In June of 2018, Chief Nitti completed the formidable FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. The invitation-only, 10-week program has trained international law enforcement managers for more than 80 years.
“This is a noble profession, and although it may seem cliché to say we truly take pride to protect and serve this community,” Nitti said. “It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve the residents of Robbinsville. I also want to thank the residents for their unwavering support throughout my career. I may live in Hamilton, but I will always consider Robbinsville my home.”
Lt. Mike Polaski was named Nitti’s successor on October 22, 2021.