HACKENSACK, NJ – Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton presided over the promotions of four city police officers and swore in nine new hires during a ceremony at Two Bergen County Plaza on Tuesday, September 24.

“I am glad to welcome nine new members to the sheriff’s office and promote four officers to our supervisory structure at the rank of sergeant,” said Cureton in a news release. “These new hires and promotions will have an immediate impact on our operation by increasing our workforce."

He continued, "We must never jeopardize the safety of our officers, and continue to provide the same level of service as efficiently as possible.”

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Cureton administered the oaths of office to police officers Young Kim, Steve Ruiz, Pellegrino Dente, and Vincent Surace, who ascended to the ranks of sergeant. Cureton swore-in Rony Cruz, Javon Hodges, Thomas Infusino, Edward Klapach, and Cheyenne Ross for the roles of sheriff officer intergovernmental transfers. Willie Garcia, Ryan Geraghty, and Melissa Semidey were sworn-in as corrections officer intergovernmental transfers. Eric Giannatonio was tapped as investigator recruit. 

The ceremony was well-attended by the hires’ friends and family members, in addition to Bergen County dignitaries Prosecutor Mark Musella, Bergen County Freeholder Vice Chair Mary Amoroso and Freeholder David Ganz. Apart from celebrating the new hires, Cureton acknowledged the Bergen County Sheriff Office’s employees of the month for the months of August, September and October.