ELIZABETH, NJ — Giacomo Sacca will succeed John Brennan as Chief of the Elizabeth Police Department, Mayor Bollwage announced Thursday.

Sacca joined the Elizabeth Police Department in 1995. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2005, Lieutenant in 2009, Captain in 2013 and Deputy Chief in 2018.

“He is a genuine, transparent person of integrity and his respect for our constituents and previous positions in the Police Department make him most qualified for his new role as Police Chief,” said Police Director Earl Graves. “ I look forward to continuing to work with him in improving the quality of life in our City.”

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As Deputy, Sacca oversaw the daily operations of the police force including maintaining appropriate levels of staffing throughout the department. He was also responsible for ensuring that police services were properly implemented in the community.

Since joining the force twenty-five years ago Sacca has continued his education. In 2015, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management from Thomas Edison State University. He went on to earn his Master’s in Security Studies at the Naval Postgraduate School Center in 2017.

“Chief Sacca is a strong proponent and practitioner of community-oriented policing,” said Mayor Bollwage. “Throughout his career, he has invested in relationships with his superiors, staff and all segments of his community.”