MORRIS COUNTY — William Schievella, a law enforcement professional with over two decades of experience in Northern New Jersey, announced his candidacy for Morris County Sheriff.
He made his announcement in his hometown of Rockaway Township at the Parks Lake Gazebo, where he made his first speech years ago for Rockaway Township Council.
Schievella served as the Undersheriff and Chief Warrant Officer at the Morris County Sheriff’s Office from 2015 to 2017. Prior to that, he was the Chief of Detectives in the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office from 2007 to 2013. He is currently the Director of Communications & Community Policing in the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office, and the Director of the Police Studies Institute at the College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown.
He also was a Member of the Board of Trustees, County College of Morris from November 2013 to October 2015.
Schievella said “It’s about safety. Saying he wanted more focus on opioid addiction and keeping schools safe. These are hardly unique concerns.”
“He wants to make better use of retired officers to bolster school safety. He conceded that the county is a safe place, but that an incident involving one child would be too many,” said Schievella.
Schievella is running unopposed in the Democratic primary, but will be running against the current Sheriff, Republican James Gannon, in the General Election in November.