Craig Epps is currently the Councilman At- Large for Hillside New Jersey. Epps was raised and born in Newark, New Jersey. He received his BA in Political Science from Rutgers University. Councilman-At-Large Epps, is twenty four year old veteran officer and President of the Fraternal Order of Police  for the East Orange Police Department. In addition to protecting and serving his community Councilman-At-Large Epps, is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc and married to Hawaiian Thompson-Epps with two children. Councilman At- Large Epps, believes that it’s important for the next generation to work towards their goals by working hard to achieve what they want. Epps believes the inorder for the future generation to be prepared and successful the responsibility is on the adults to help teach and lead.Epps expressed how it’s important to mentor the children, along with mentoring and educating the parents to effectively communicate with our kids.

  1. What has been your most memorable moment so far  as Councilman-At-Large ?

I don’t have anything that stands out, at the moment, just still getting adjusted. I’m a stickler for certain things, such as when something happens within the community I would like to know immediately so I can assist the community immediately.

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2. Who are your biggest role models are?

One of my biggest role-models is my wife Hawaiian Thompson-Epps been involved in the Hillside Community, she’s the board President, she inspires me to stay involved in the community. My kids inspire inspire me as well, I have a daughter in high school and a son in college.

3. How do you engage with the youth in Hillside?

 I plan on launching a male mentoring program, our target is the 5th & 6th graders, starting out in middle school, by teaching the bullying course, and empowering the youth to the next level.


4. How would you define leaderships?

You have to be a role model regardless if your dressed up or dressing casual you have to always represent the community, because people are constantly watching, apart of being a leader is how you present yourself. It’s important to communicate with people in a way that they can understand it. Ultimately you have to treat people the way you want to be treated.

5. What are the five steps a leader should take to be successful?

  1. The ability to communicate with people using some for of etiquette . For example, although Jay-z is a rapper, he has the ability to communicate effectively to get his message across.

  2. Don’t give up follow your dreams, in life your going to go through challenges, but you have to keep pushing the despite the situation and have some type of faith based to rely on, when extra support is needed.

  3. As a leader it’s important to accept criticism, understanding that feedback is important and imperative to your growth.

  4. Presentation the way you dress is important, take pride in yourself and appearance.

5. You have to have the ability to communicate effectively for people to believe in your message,journey or vision.


6. What is your inspirational quote?

“ At some point we have to be responsible for our own happiness”  take control of your life and take control of what your trying to do, despite your circumstances around you.