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Twenty-Two Correctional Officers Promoted

Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. announced the new ranks for the county's correctional officers, including the first married couple in the history of the department to receive promotions at the same time.

Twenty-two Essex County Correctional Facility officers were promoted Thursday at the Department of Corrections Promotion Ceremony in Newark, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. announced.

The ceremony took place Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. on the 14th floor of Essex County LeRoy F. Smith, Jr. Public Safety Building, 60 Nelson Place in Newark, according to a press release from the county executive’s office.

“Being a Corrections Officer is a demanding job and it takes a person with special qualities and skills to carry out the responsibility of taking care of our inmate population,” DiVincenzo said in a release Friday. "I congratulate our officers on their well-deserved promotions, for working hard and taking on additional responsibility."

Two officers, Lt. Darrell Jones and Sgt. Dana Paris-Jones, who met each other while working as corrections officers, became the first married couple in the history of Essex County Department of Corrections to receive their promotions at the same time.

DiVincenzo announced the promotion of one officer to captain, eight officers to lieutenant and 12 officers to sergeant. Officers to be honored were promoted in October 2012 and February 2013. The October ceremony was postponed by Hurricane Sandy.

Officer promoted to the rank of Captain are as follows:

  • Capt. Daniel W. Christofferson

Officers promoted to Lieutenant are as follows:

  • Lt. Steven R. Alese
  • Lt. Jose E. Badillo
  • Lt. Carmine Cardella
  • Lt. Richard Ferruggia
  • Lt. Darrell Jone
  • Lt. Jacqueline H. Lewis 
  • Lt. Dominic Tafuri 
  • Lt. Taisha D. Williams 
  • Lt. Michael Wohl 

Officers promoted to Sergeant include the following: 

  • Sgt. Todd A. Barcliff
  • Sgt. Ivan Blanford
  • Sgt. Shreekk Crawford 
  • Sgt. Jerry A. Del Guercio 
  • Sgt. Wali Gibson 
  • Sgt. Gerardo Gonzalez
  • Sgt. Christian Herrera 
  • Sgt. Innocent Ihenakwe
  • Sgt. Ralph E. Johnson 
  • Sgt. Cynthia Lynn
  • Sgt. Dana Paris-Jones
  • Sgt. Mark Piccininno
Adam Kraemer February 23, 2013 at 02:29 PM
I have mixed opinion on this. We need a jail in this county. I respect what our corrections officers and the important job they do. However, if we keep promotions like this up we will have additional fiscal issues. We in Essex County pay some of the highest property taxes in the state and nation so my question is how can we afford these promotions?
Dazed not Confused February 23, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Why is this news?? Do you think we like to know that we are now spending more on our prisons? Patch, please stop feeding Joe Di's promotion machine. Many of us over-taxedpayers in Essex are sick of Joe Di's picture everywhere.
Nzinga Toomer February 25, 2013 at 07:20 PM
I am a correction officer.... And the job is demanding and not meant for only a chosen few.... I congratulate my co-workers on their promotions.... And I hope they do the job they have been chosen to do.... To john q pubic..... My question to you is.... If we are doing the job of keeping the streets safe by housing the criminal elements..... Putting our lives in jeopardy..... Risking not coming home to our children and love ones.... For YOUR SAFETY..... Why should our promotions be set aside or non-existent to save you a couple of dollars.... Everyday we walk in those doors we are not guaranteed to walk back out.... We put our lives on the line for john q public..... Seems unfair that our promotions should be set aside for the work we do..... CORRECTION OFFICER..... A thankless job..... But someone has to do it..... And we do!!!!!! Again congratulations to all the above..... And do right by the job you've been chosen to do..... C/O NZINGA TOOMER

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