Nine new Morris County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Officers – all with prior experience – were sworn in Friday, February 7, to their positions by Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon.
“This is one big family, about 327 here,” Sheriff Gannon said of the sworn-Officer count in the Agency’s Bureaus of Corrections and Law Enforcement.
“I want you to know that as a family, your loved ones are safe. Because that’s my priority. You trust your loved one to come to work and we make certain that everyone goes home,” the Sheriff told relatives of the Officers gathered for the swearings-in at the Correctional Facility.
Six of the new Officers previously worked for the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) and three had been employed by the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility in Sussex County. Under a shared-services agreement struck in 2019, Sussex County now pays $105 per inmate per day to house virtually all its inmates in the Morris County Correctional Facility.
After the swearings-in, relatives of the new Officers were given a tour of the Correctional Facility.
The new Officers are: Elizabeth Von Glahn, Joshua Acevedo and John Boeren, all formerly of the Sussex County jail, and Kreg Butler, Christopher Fligel, Randol Almonte, Michael Garramone, Alexander LaVacca, and Bruno Ferraz, all formerly of the state Juvenile Justice Commission.
The Officers from Sussex County have been fully trained while the former JJC Officers will complete 11 classes so that their credentials comport with the requirements of a Corrections Officer at a facility for adults.
A history enthusiast, Sheriff Gannon said the Sheriff’s position has existed in the county since 1739 – 111 years before the creation of the New York City Police Department, for which his late father was an Officer.
He detailed for the Officers how corrections and Sheriff’s duties in Morris County have evolved from housing prisoners in a wooden structure on the Morristown Green in the 1700’s into a sophisticated and integrated two-bureau Agency, of which the Corrections Bureau saw 2,800 inmates last year.
As examples of bureau overlap, he said, a Corrections Officer is assigned to the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) and another Corrections Officer is a K-9 Section dog handler.
“I think it’s important to convey to you that an organization can’t know where it’s going until it knows where it came from. These new Officers here are going to join the best in the business,” Sheriff Gannon said.
The new Officers are:
- ELIZABETH VON GLAHN. A LIFELONG RESIDENT OF Sussex County and a 1998 graduate of Vernon Township High School, she holds an associate of applied science degree from Sussex County Community College. She followed the path of her father, Terry Loller, a retired Sussex County Sheriff’s Office Bureau Corporal. After graduating the Basic Course for Corrections at the Passaic County Police Academy, she served at the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office as a field training Officer and the Prison Rape Elimination Act Coordinator.
- JOSHUA ACEVEDO. A graduate of Clifton High School, he began his career at the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Corrections in 2016 and subsequently graduated the Basic Course for Corrections at the Passaic County Police Academy in 2017.
- JOHN BOEREN. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University and a U.S. Army veteran, with one deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He started with the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Corrections in 2012, and served as a member of the Sussex County Sheriff’s Honor Guard Unit. He also served at the Sheriff’s Office with the Special Operations Group and as a field training Officer.
- KREG BUTLER. He was raised in New Brunswick and graduated from New Brunswick High School in 2006. He studied criminal justice at Middlesex County College and was a dispatcher for two years before he was hired more than three years ago by the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission as an Officer.
- CHRISTOPHER FLIGEL. He graduated from Pompton Lakes High School in 2008 and went on to earn his associate’s degree in criminal justice from Passaic County Community College. He graduated in 2017 from the New Jersey Academy Basic Course for Juvenile Corrections and worked as a Correctional Police Officer at the New Jersey Training School for three years.
- RANDOL ALMONTE. Born in Pontiac, Michigan, he relocated with his family to Lodi, New Jersey, and graduated from Lodi High School in 2014. He studied criminal justice at Lebanon Valley College and Kean University and in 2018 began his career with the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission as a Correctional Police Officer.
- MICHAEL GARRAMONE. He was born in Englewood, New Jersey, and raised in Oakland, and played ice hockey in high school. He graduated in 2016 from York College in Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He worked for the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission for two years after completing his training at the Academy of Sea Girt.
- ALEXANDER LAVACCA. He grew up in Long Valley and graduated from West Morris Central High School in 2011. He attended the Bergen County Police Academy and graduated as a Class One Special for the city of Hackensack in 2017. In 2018, he graduated from the New Jersey Academy Basic Course for Juvenile Corrections and worked at the New Jersey Training School for the past two years.
- BRUNO FERRAZ. He was born in Aveiro, Portugal, and emigrated to the United States with his family in 1988. He attended grammar and high school in Newark, and also played varsity hockey in high school. He later attended several semesters at Union County College. In 2013, he worked for Norfolk Southern Railroad until he was accepted to the New Jersey Academy Basic Course for Juvenile Corrections. He worked the past three years at the New Jersey Training School For Boys.