Morris County Prosecutor Announces Passing of Former Chief of Investigations Joseph A. Devine

April 27, 2020

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, First Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Zelante, and Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker regretfully announce the passing of former Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations, Joseph A. Devine. Chief Devine passed away yesterday at his residence in Chester.

A graduate of  the FBI National Academy’s Class #198 and proud U.S. Army veteran of the Military Police Corps, Chief Devine began his law enforcement career at the Morris County Sheriff’s and the Morris County Prosecutor’s offices. He joined the Rockaway Township Police Department in 1981, and worked his way up through the ranks to become Chief of Police in July 1998. Chief Devine led the township police department until 2002, when he returned to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office to serve as Chief of Investigations under then Prosecutor Michael M. Rubbinaccio.

In 2006, Chief Devine retired from law enforcement to pursue a career in higher education. Chief Devine once served as an associate professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, teaching graduate classes on homeland security, management and leadership. He was also an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University.

Chief Devine held a Masters of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, a Masters in Administrative Science, an Educational Specialist Degree and a Doctorate in Leadership and Management from Seton Hall University. He had presented lectures at several academic and professional conferences, including a leadership lecture about social and emotional intelligence on the USS Intrepid in 2014.

Prosecutor Knapp said “As the Township of Rockaway labor attorney, I worked extensively with Chief Devine for many years, beginning during his tenure as a captain and subsequently when he was promoted to Chief of Police. We continued to work together when he joined the MCPO as Chief of Investigations. Joe was also a student of mine in the graduate program at FDU for multiple courses. As a career law enforcement professional, Chief Devine served multiple agencies with honor, dedication to duty and excellence. May he rest in peace.”

Chief Devine is survived by his three children, Conor, Sean and Heather.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.

Morris County Prosecutor Announces Passing of Former Chief of Investigations Joseph A. Devine

Joseph A. Devine

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Under Investigation In Jefferson Township

April 25, 2020

 

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker, and Jefferson Township Police Chief Sean Conrad announce and confirm an ongoing investigation into a fatal motor vehicle crash that occurred on Berkshire Valley Road in Jefferson Township.

At approximately 8:07 a.m., members of the Jefferson Police Department were dispatched to Berkshire Valley Road in the area of mile marker 4.4 for a single car crash.  At the scene, they located a single 1973 Chevrolet Nova that had impacted a tree.  A male passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver was taken to Morristown Medical Center for treatment.

The incident is being investigated by the Jefferson Police Department and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigation Unit, with the assistance of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200 or the Jefferson Township Police Department at 973-697-1300.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.

Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash Under Investigation In Jefferson Township

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Marks 50th Anniversary of Earth Day By Reminding Residents to Think Local

April 21, 2020

 

On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Acting Chief of Investigations Christoph Kimker would like to remind residents to think globally by acting locally. Earth Day is celebrated on April 22.

Many of us are spending our time at home by visiting nearby open spaces. Morris County citizens can do their part during their walks by keeping a look out for potential violations that impact our air, rivers, lakes, wooded areas and wetlands.

Working in conjunction with local, state and federal law enforcement, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Environmental Crimes Unit is made up of specially-trained investigators and assistant prosecutors who are prepared to hold polluters accountable.

Prosecutor Knapp thanks residents for their vigilance while they stay healthy and enjoy the outdoors.

To report suspicious activity, contact your local police de

partment or the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Arson/Environmental Crimes Unit at (973) 285-6200.

Inquiries concerning this press release should be directed to Public Information Officer Meghan Knab at [email protected] or by phone at 973-829-8159.

Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Marks 50th Anniversary of Earth Day By Reminding Residents to Think Local