Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr. Announces Retirement

After an impressive 19 years as a member of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr. has announced his retirement. Captain Chris Kimker has been named Acting Chief of Investigations following Chief Wilson’s retirement. Chief Wilson began working in the courts in Essex County in 1993 before joining the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office in 1995, where he worked as a Corrections Officer and was then promoted to Detective in 1997 and assigned to the crime scene unit. In 1999, he joined the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office as a Detective.

Chief Wilson was sworn in as a Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective in 2000. He began in the General Investigations Unit and the Domestic Violence Unit before being assigned to the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit in 2002. Over the next fourteen years, Chief Wilson would climb the ranks within the Tactical Division with ten of those years spent supervising the Major Crimes Unit. During that time, he played an important role in over forty homicide investigations including high profile cases such as St. v. Jose Feliciano, St. v. Pervaiz and St. v. Anthony Novellino. Most notably was the case of State v. Demetrius Diaz-Bridges, in which Chief Wilson’s interrogation techniques led to a murder confession. The case was appealed up to the Supreme Court of New Jersey, who ruled in favor of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the legality of Chief Wilson’s efforts in the interview process.

Chief Wilson said, “There are many talented, hard working men and women at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office who are dedicated to their jobs. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with them and honored to have served as Chief.”

He served as the Tactical Operations Captain until August of 2016, when he was transferred to lead the Special Operations Division of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. Chief Wilson was promoted to Deputy Chief of Investigations in May of 2017 and served in that capacity until he was promoted once again to Chief of Investigations in May of 2018.

Chief Wilson’s career in law enforcement has been impressive. He has received multiple commendations for his investigative and supervisory work in homicide, sex crime, and violent crime investigations to include his efforts in spearheading a task force responsible for the apprehension of the serial bank robber James Madison aka The Mad Hatter. Chief Wilson has also been recognized for his participation in the 2005 Presidential Inauguration Security Detail in Washington, D.C. as a squad leader of the Rapid Deployment Team and his efforts at Ground Zero on 9/11.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said, “Chief Wilson has been an outstanding member of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office for nearly 2 decades. He has done exemplary work in every assignment and rank he has held. His knowledge, leadership and investigative skills have been instrumental in the successful prosecution of innumerable cases in Morris County. He will be missed by all members of the law enforcement community but we wish him the best in the private sector”.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr. Announces Retirement

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Holds “Juvenile Justice” Community Outreach Program on Internet Safety

On March 28, 2019, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in partnership with the Randolph Township Board of Education, held their first 21-21 Community Policing Project of 2019 with the theme of “Juvenile Justice” and a focus on Computer and Internet Safety. The 21-21 Community Policing Project is a community outreach and education program implemented by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal in 2018. This two hour event was held at the Randolph Township Middle School.

Morris County First Assistant Prosecutor Tom Zelante and Shongum Elementary School Principal Dr. Clifford Burns delivered welcoming remarks prior to the presentation. Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Dan Gallagher discussed the dangers of the internet for children and teenagers, as well as techniques to monitor and protect children while they are using the internet. Following the presentation, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Samantha DeNegri, Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre and Detective Gallagher held a question and answer session for the approximately 100 parents in attendance.

Following the question and answer session, Executive Director of Deirdre’s House Maria Vinci-Savettiere and Clinician Mirella Suarez discussed the services that Deirdre’s House provides for child victims of abuse and/or neglect in Morris County. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office works closely with Deirdre’s House, and it was beneficial for both agencies to provide the parents with helpful information.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said, “I would like to thank the Randolph Township Board of Education for partnering with our office in hosting this important program. Technology’s role in society continues to grow and as it becomes more integrated into our lives and our children’s lives, we need to ensure that our children are using it safely”.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Holds “Juvenile Justice” Community Outreach Program on Internet Safety
From left: Shongum Elementary Principal Dr. Clifford Burns, Superintendent of Randolph Schools Jennifer Fano, Deirdre’s House Executive Director Maria Vinci-Savettiere, Randolph Education Association VP Angela Cordova, Clinician Mirella Suarez, Randolph Township Mayor Jim Loveys, Detective Supervisor LaGuerre, Shongum Elementary Media Specialist Laura Healy, and Detective Gallagher.
Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Holds “Juvenile Justice” Community Outreach Program on Internet Safety
First Assistant Prosecutor Zelante

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.

Members of Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Attend Career Fairs at Seton Hall University and Fairleigh Dickinson University

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Supervisor Patrick LaGuerre and Detective Aaron King attended two career fairs in the past week at local universities. As the detectives assigned to the Community Outreach and Recruitment Unit, Detective Supervisor LaGuerre and Detective King attended the career fairs to provide information to the students concerning careers in law enforcement. More information on applying for positions with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office can be found at, https://prosecutor.morriscountynj.gov/employment/.

The first fair was held at Seton Hall University on March 27, 2019 and was attended by over 500 students interested in learning more about the law enforcement and legal employment opportunities with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. The second fair was hosted by the Fairleigh Dickinson University Madison Campus and also had a strong turnout of students.

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said, “The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is always looking for the best of the best candidates to work in our office. It is encouraging when Detective Supervisor LaGuerre and Detective King report a high turnout at these career fairs”.

Members of Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Attend Career Fairs at Seton Hall University and Fairleigh Dickinson University
Assistant Director of Seton Hall Career Center Hind Albana and Det/Sup LaGuerre
Members of Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Attend Career Fairs at Seton Hall University and Fairleigh Dickinson University
Det/Sup LaGuerre and Det King

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Peter DiGennaro at [email protected] or 973-829-8159.