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Interview with Clinton L. Pagano

After first joining the New Jersey State Police in 1952 as a trooper, Colonel Clinton L. Pagano served for over 14 years as the Superintendent of the State Police, longer than any other than the first Superintendent, H. Norman Schwarzkopf. Appointed by Governor Brendan T. Byrne in 1975 as the ninth Superintendent, he continued as head of the State Police until resigning in 1990 to accept appointment by Governor James J. Florio as Director of the New Jersey Division of Motor Vehicles. During his tenure as head of the State Police, he oversaw the development of new capacity to enforce the legislation and regulations relating to casino gambling in Atlantic City; the merger of civil defense, marine police and fire safety functions into the force; and expanded training and technology services. After leaving the state government, Colonel Pagano was a consultant to private sector security and development projects. Pagano passed away on July 30, 2017.


Interview on June 10, 2009Transcript available here (pdf)