Three Morris County Correctional Police Officers who have excelled in their careers and received advanced training were promoted in rank on September 14 by Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon.
With their families beaming in the audience at the ceremony in the Morris County Courthouse’s Historic Courtroom, Joseph Michael Fucci was promoted to Correctional Police Captain, Timothy Stewart to Correctional Police Lieutenant, and Nicolas Monaco to Correctional Police Sergeant.
Sheriff Gannon noted how profoundly the corrections profession has advanced in the 281 years since John Kinney, the first Sheriff of Morris County, was appointed by the King of England in 1739. Today, he said, Correctional Police Officers are on equal footing with other Police Officers and rehabilitative, mental health and educational programs that strive to better inmates are offered at the Morris County Correctional Facility.
The Sheriff said that the success of Correctional Police Officers hinges on solid family support and understanding about its demands.
“I ask one thing of families and that’s to support the Officers. I want their head in the game because it’s a dangerous job,” Sheriff Gannon said.
Captain Fucci, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who enlisted in 1991, started his career with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in August of 2001 and worked most of his career as an Officer assigned to the Kitchen. In 2004, he joined the Correctional Facility’s Gang Intelligence Unit.
Captain Fucci was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in January of 2012 and was a member of the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) for two years. In 2016, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and was assigned to the midnight shift as a Shift Commander.
After thousands of hours of studying, he has achieved the rank of Captain.
Lieutenant Stewart was a Juvenile Detention Officer for two years prior to being hired by the Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Corrections in 2003. He graduated in 2004 from the Passaic County Police Academy where he received the Academic Award and held the position of Squad Leader.
For six years of his career, Lieutenant Stewart worked in the Medical/Mental Health Housing Unit and occasionally worked the Intake Unit, Main Entrance, Corridors and the Control Center.
He has received an Expert Shooter Award and in 2010 and 2011, he and other members of the Bureau of Corrections took first place award in the Roxbury annual Shooting Competition.
Lieutenant Stewart was selected to join the Bureau of Corrections Crisis Negotiation Team in 2011 and successfully completed the FBI Crisis Negotiator Training Course. He currently is the Crisis Negotiation Team Leader for the Bureau of Corrections.
He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2015 and for the past five years has served as a Housing Sergeant, supervising Officers, managing inmate-related issues and training newly promoted Sergeants.
Sergeant Monaco started his career with the Sheriff’s Office in March of 2010, working the midnight shift on housing units, the Intake/Records Unit and in the Control Center.
He graduated from the Passaic County Police Academy in 2011 and graduated the same year with his bachelor’s degree in sociology from William Paterson University which he attended on a full academic scholarship. He also earned a membership with the International Sociology Honor Society.
In January 2019, he was reassigned to the holding position at the Morris County Courthouse where he supervises all inmates awaiting scheduled court appearances.
Sergeant Monaco in 2016 completed the Firearms Instructor Course, as well as Methods of Instruction, which enabled him to become a certified New Jersey Police Training Commission-certified instructor that allows him to teach Academy recruits.
Sergeant Monaco also has completed the Law Enforcement Active Shooter Emergency Response course which satisfied the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Performance Level training requirements. He went on to complete the Trainer-to-Trainer course at Picatinny Arsenal and was certified as an active shooter response instructor.
In 2018, he completed a course at Bucknell University that certified him as a tactical handcuff instructor.
Sergeant Monaco has served as an advisor to the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post 140 and currently serves as a trustee on the Executive Board of the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey.