County Sheriff hires 12 new officers and five new investigators

JERSEY CITY – With dozens of proud family members in attendance along with Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari and local elected leaders, the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office officially swore in 12 new sheriff’s officers and five new sheriff’s investigators at a ceremony on Dec. 12. Ten of the new hires are of Hispanic heritage and one is of Arabic descent, a testament to the department’s commitment to properly reflecting the diversity of Hudson County. The ceremony was held at the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City.
“This is a very significant day for the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office and it shows our continued commitment to hire qualified diverse individuals,” said Schillari. “These new hires have demonstrated the commitment, honor and sense of duty to protect the residents of Hudson County.”
The new hires have all completed training and graduated from the Morris County Police Academy, and will join the force shortly. Two of the new officers are military veterans that have deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Two others have experience in public safety under the Departments of State Corrections and Hudson County Corrections.
The new sheriff’s investigators are Christopher Crossley, Makhil Kowlessar, Eric Negron, Mark Santos (Police Academy Academic Award winner), and Nicholas Tanelli.
The new sheriff’s officers are Michael Gregory, Angel Santiago, Jorge Orejuela, Renato Maure, Jimmy Gonzalez, Gregory Nicholson, Eduardo Mena-Ramos, Yanira Velazquez, Jonathan Gil, Biron Mendoza, Alan Elawady, and George Somarriba.
Elected officials at the ceremony included Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise and Hudson County Freeholder Anthony Romano, along with Undersheriffs Andrew Conti, Bruce Lamparello, and Francine Shelton, Chief Oliver King, and Chief of Staff Robert Baselice.

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