Sheriff took oath Wednesday morning at Veterans Courthouse for record-setting term.
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura was sworn in for a record-setting eighth term Wednesday morning at the Veterans Courthouse. Fontoura, 69, has served as the Essex County Sheriff since 1990, but he has been involved in the county’s police force long before that. Fontoura began as Newark police officer in 1967, and eventually rose through the ranks to become a captain and then chief assistant to the police director. In 1986, he became an Essex County Undersheriff, where he served until he was appointed sheriff in 1990. He won re-election in November after defeating challenger Orlando Mendez, garnering about 91 percent of the votes cast.
Arnold Seeks to Unseat Long-Serving Sheriff
- POLICE & FIRE
- Paul Milo
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
John Arnold Jr., the son of a Newark police lieutenant and himself a law enforcement veteran, has filed to run in the June Democratic primary for Essex County Sheriff, a post held for decades by fellow Democrat Armando Fontoura. His campaign announced the filing today and the Essex County Clerk’s Office confirmed it. No other candidate, Democrat or Republican, has yet filed to run in the primary, the clerk’s office also said. Arnold, who was profiled by Patch in December, has served in law enforcement since 1985, when the Science High School alumnus became an officer with the campus police at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark. The Marine Corps veteran went on to become a detective with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office…