NEWARK, NJ – Roseland Mayor James Spango, who has also served the Essex County Sheriff’s Office as its deputy chief, was recently been promoted to chief. Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura announced his appointment during a swearing-in ceremony held at the Leroy Smith Public Safety Building in Newark for Spango, a new undersheriff and seven new superior officers.

"Our department prides itself on having only the finest and most dedicated men and women serve within our ranks as we continue our long service of excellent public safety leadership for the residents our community,” said Fontoura. “Our legacy of outstanding service has been repeated and applauded by our law enforcement partners, our clergy, community groups and, most importantly, by our neighbors.”

The sheriff pointed out that Spango is a life-long resident of Essex County and is a graduate of Seton Hall Prep, Seton Hall University and Seton Hall Law School, where he earned his undergraduate, masters and law degrees.

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“As a 14-year veteran our department, Chief Spango has already acquired vast experience, vital institutional knowledge and hands-on expertise as the supervising officer of all of our department’s financial, budgetary, purchasing and human resource matters,” he said. “Along with his outstanding police, communications and management skills, our new chief has also proved himself to be a brilliant leader, motivator and mentor of younger officers. 

“Chief Spango is the consummate professional and we are extremely confident that he will continue to be an invaluable asset for our department and our community.  His promotion today is well earned and it reflects upon his many achievements, hard work, long hours and conscientiousness.”

New Undersheriff Fitzgerald Figliuolo, who also previously served as a deputy chief, is also a life-long Essex County resident and a 17-year veteran of the sheriff’s department. He most recently supervised the department's Executive Protection Unit and is also the recipient of numerous departmental honors, including a Valor Award from the 200 Club of Essex County for his heroic actions during Hurricane Sandy. 

“'Fitz’, as everyone calls him, is known for his excellent work ethic, professionalism, and expertise," the sheriff said. "Undersheriff Figliuolo also possesses a wealth of experience and expertise with our Office of Emergency Management as well as previously serving with distinction in our Bureau of Criminal Identification, Courts Division and Detective Bureau.”

In addition to a new Chief and Undersheriff, the sheriff's office promoted a new captain, three new lieutenants, three new sergeants and hired 21 new officers.