LIVINGSTON, NJ — Six members of the Livingston Police Department (LPD), including three new officers and three promoted officers, were officially sworn into their new positions during a special ceremony held at Livingston Town Hall on Wednesday evening.
Despite Mayor Al Anthony’s praise of recently appointed police chief Gary Marshuetz and the improved morale within the department since he took over, the chief was quick to point out the that success of the department is truly a team effort and that he is proud of every one of his officers.
“The leadership of the police department is not just me; it’s myself and 19 other supervisors, and we feel like we’re moving in a positive direction and we’re very excited about it,” said Marshuetz. “I’m extremely proud of all six of these individuals and I am certainly looking forward to working with them for years to come…I also want to recognize all of the brave patrol officers that are out there working every day. They work hard and they truly are the backbone of our organization.”
Marshuetz called up each of the new and promoted LPD members by name and invited their families to join in the celebration as they were sworn in as follows:
Lt. Jack Hickey:
Hickey, a Livingston High School alumnus, began his career in Livingston in 1977 and was reassigned to the detective bureau in the 1983. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 1988 and was reassigned to the detective bureau as a detective sergeant in 2015, serving as bureau commander.
“Jack was one of my mentors in the [detective] bureau at the time,” said Marschuetz. “He had a great knack for interviewing and interrogating suspects, so I appreciate the mentoring that Jack did for me.”
He has also served the LPD in the capacity of PBA secretary and has volunteered throughout town throughout his career. Hickey, who is now married to Diana and has two children, Laura and Brendan, holds a Bachelors Degree from William Paterson University and has been the recipient of many county and departmental awards.
He was officially sworn into the rank of lieutenant on Monday after being promoted in September. It was noted that he was unable to attend the swearing-in ceremony in September, and the department felt it important to reschedule the ceremony in order to honor his achievement.
Sgt. John Maggiulli:
Maggiulli, who was promoted to the rank of sergeant on March 1, began his law enforcement career at the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in 1999. He transferred to the LPD in August 2000 and was reassigned to the detective division in 2017, where he served as a detective. He also served on the Auto Theft Task Force as a field training officer, a firearms instructor and a rifle instructor.
He’s married to Christina and has two children, Johnny and Gabby, as well as two beloved dogs, Wishbone and Turkey. He is a graduate of Hanover Park High School, received a Bachelors Degree from Rutgers University and is currently working on his Masters Degree at St. Elizabeth. Maggiulli is also the recipient of many county and departmental awards.
Maggiulli’s sister, a fellow police officer, had the honor of pinning her brother’s badge on his uniform.
Sgt. Steve McSpirit:
McSpirit began his law enforcement career with the LPD in January 1987 and was assigned to the detective bureau in 1997, where he served for about five years.
“I served with Steve in the detective bureau, and I can tell you he was one of the bravest and hard-working, dedicated individuals, and a lot of criminals were arrested at the hands of Steve McSpirit,” said Marshuetz.
He graduated from Newark Academy and attended East Stroudsburg University, and believes that his biggest achievement in life is his son, Steven.
Prior to his career in law enforcement, McSpirit enlisted in the Army National Guard, where he served for 15 years prior to leaving with the rank of sergeant. He was a member of one of the LPD’s original ESU teams and has served as a firearms instructor for both the LPD and the Essex County Police Academy.
Officer Matthew DeBiasse:
DeBiasse began his law enforcement career with the LPD in July 2018, graduating from the Essex County Police Academy in December of that year. While in the academy, DeBiasse achieved the rank of executive officer within his class.
He was recruited to play lacrosse at Randolph-Macon College, where he studied sociology, criminal justice and anthropology. In his junior year of college, DeBiasse was recognized for having the most community service hours out of the entire student body. Also, at the age of 16, he joined the Longhill Warren Township Fire Department and is still firefighting today.
Law enforcement runs in DeBiasse’s family, as his grandfather is a retired lieutenant form Morristown.
Officer Todd Campesi:
Campesi began with the LPD on Jan. 1, but has previously worked in law enforcement as a special police officer with the Hackensack Police Department as well as serving at the New Jersey Department of Corrections and as police officer a with the Clifton Police Department. He has a criminal justice degree from Bergen County Community College and graduated from Bergen County Technical High School.
He is married to Nicole and has three children. His brother, an officer with the New Milford Police Department, had the honor of pinning Campesi’s badge to his LPD uniform.
Officer Levecy DeOliveira:
DeOliveira graduated from the Passaic County Police Academy in May 2016 and began his law enforcement career in Newark as an officer in November of that year before transferring to Livingston in January 2019. He is a veteran of the United States Navy and served for five years on the USS Abraham Lincoln. He remains part of the Navy Reserves today.
DeOliveira is a graduate of Kearny High School and resides in the Ironbound section of Newark. He is of Brazilian descent and is recently marred to his wife, Flávia.