Somerset County Sheriff Frank Provenzano names North Plainfield Police Chief William Parenti his successor and calls him the “next” Somerset Country Sheriff.
The Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police backs the endorsement on Parenti’s bid for the Somerset Country Sheriff position.
Parenti made an announcement to run for Somerset Country Sheriff after Provenzano said he has no plans to seek re-election.
Provenzano will step down from post to pass on the badge after serving his six terms as sheriff. He has been a law enforcer for 50 years and is expected to retire by the end of this year.
Former Hillsborough Township Chief of Police, Paul Kaminsky and present Somerset association treasurer said that the County Association of Chiefs of Police’s decision to support Chief William Parenti was “an easy one”, naming some of his experiences and qualifications in good governance.
“Under the chief’s leadership for the past 13 years, our organization has made numerous advances in community relations and has always been governed with fiscal prudence, integrity and diligence. He is uniquely qualified to bring all stakeholders to the table and has the innate ability to listen to a problem and develop an effective solution,” Kaminsky said.
Parenti is a third-generation law enforcement officer and has been in service as police chief in North Plainfield since 2004. He has been re-elected as Somerset County Associations of Chiefs of Police’s president for 13 times.
His achievements and outstanding performance in community policing earned him recognition from the New Jersey Attorney General.
Parenti admits taking over Provenzano’s post is a “challenge”, but he is ready to “take the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office to new heights” with the support of his fellow chiefs.
“I am honored, and humbled, to have my peer’s endorsement and look forward to continuing our organization’s great work here in Somerset,” he said.
Also running for the Somerset Country Sheriff post are Tim Pino, who worked for Provenzano as commander of the Sheriff’s Office K9 squad and has been endorsed by former Republican Somerset County Freeholder Patrick Scaglione; Darrin Russo, a Democrat and former member of the Franklin Township Police Department; and Art Atkins, also a Democrat and former Bridgewater police officer.