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Sheriff’s OfficeNews Room: March 2014

Sheriff Strada announces promotions

  • Posted: March 28, 2014

Sheriff Michael F. Strada is pleased to announce the following promotions of personnel within the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Corrections.

Sheriff Strada congratulates Capt. Nemeth while Undersheriff Homer Wanamaker looks on.

Sheriff’s Officer Lieutenant Ed Nemeth has been promoted to captain. A 24-year veteran of the Bureau of Corrections, Captain Nemeth served as a security specialist in the United States Air Force for almost 10 years prior to beginning his career with the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office as a corrections officer in 1990. In 1996, he became a member of the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) and was promoted to sergeant. From 1996 to 1998, he was assigned as a shift supervisor. In 1998, he was assigned to manage the Classifications, Records and County Corrections Identification System (CCIS) for the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility, a position he maintained until 2000, when he was promoted to lieutenant and designated as a shift commander. Since 2011, Captain Nemeth has served as the commander of jail operations. Following this promotion, Captain Nemeth has been named as the executive officer of the Bureau of Corrections. Captain Nemeth holds an associate’s degree in criminal justice from the Community College of the Air Force.

Sheriff’s Officer Sergeant John Bannon has been promoted to lieutenant. An 18-year veteran of the Bureau of Corrections, Lieutenant Bannon began his career with the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office in 1996. In 2000, he became a member of the sheriff’s Special Operations Group (SOG). Additionally, he served as a co-coordinator of the Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program (SLAP). In 2009, he was promoted to sergeant and assigned as a shift supervisor. Following this promotion, Lieutenant Bannon has been designated as a shift commander. A graduate of the Middlesex County Police Academy County Corrections Officer Class, Lieutenant Bannon is also a dedicated member of the Police Unity Tour. Every year since 2008, Lieutenant Bannon has taken part in the tour, riding a bicycle from New Jersey to Washington, D.C. to increase awareness for law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty and raise funds for the National Law Enforcement Officer’s Memorial and Museum.

Pictured from left to right: Lt. John Bannon, Capt. Ed Nemeth and Sgt. Jill Phillips.

Sheriff’s Officer Jill Phillips has been promoted to sergeant. A 6-year veteran of the Bureau of Corrections, Sergeant Phillips began her career with the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office in 2008. Following this promotion, Sergeant Phillips has been assigned as a shift supervisor. A graduate of the Bergen County Police Academy Basic County Corrections Training Class, Sergeant Phillips also holds a baccalaureate degree in criminal justice from Centenary College.

Sheriff’s Officer Thomas Mulroony has been promoted to corporal. A 15-year veteran of the Bureau of Corrections, Corporal Mulroony began his career with the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office in 1999. Corporal Mulroony became a member of the sheriff’s Special Operations Group (SOG) in 2000. Corporal Mulroony is a graduate of the Passaic County Police Academy Basic County Corrections Officer Training Class.

Sheriff’s Officer Edward Kayal has been promoted to corporal. A 15-year veteran of the Bureau of Corrections, Corporal Kayal began his career with the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office in 1999. Corporal Kayal is a graduate of the Passaic County Police Academy Basic County Corrections Officer Training Class.

Sheriff Strada congratulates each of the recently promoted personnel and wishes them all continued success in their careers.

Sheriff’s detective promoted to sergeant

  • Posted: March 24, 2014

Sheriff's Sgt. John Lindquist receives congratulations on his promotion from Sheriff Strada

Sheriff Michael F. Strada is pleased to announce the promotion of Sheriff’s Detective John Lindquist to sergeant.

On Friday, March 21, 2014, in a ceremony conducted at the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office and attended by both family members and department employees, John Lindquist was officially sworn in as the newest sergeant in the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office.

A 14-year veteran of the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Law Enforcement, Sgt. Lindquist began his law enforcement career as a sheriff’s officer in 2000.

A graduate of the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute, Sgt. Lindquist has held numerous positions within the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office throughout his career including courts & transports, traffic enforcement, department evidence officer, the Sheriff’s Tactical Response Unit (TRU) and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Since 2006, Sgt. Linquist has been assigned to the Sheriff’s detective bureau.

A certified firearms instructor, Linquist continues to serve as the department’s armorer and rangemaster during weapons qualifications.

Following his promotion, Sgt. Lindquist will be assigned to supervise the courthouse security and prisoner transportation unit.

Sheriff Strada congratulates Sergeant Lindquist and wishes him continued success in his career.

Newton man arrested for bringing marijuana with him to court

  • Posted: March 12, 2014
  • Arrested: Emmet Emery Norman, Jr., age 49, of Newton, NJ.

On Thursday, February 27, 2014, while assigned to the front door security post at the Sussex County Superior Courthouse, Sheriff’s Officer Warren Slahor encountered Emmit Emery Norman. Mr. Norman placed several items from his pockets on top of a table at the security post. Included in those items was a cigarette package containing a small amount of marijuana.

As a result, Officer Slahor placed Norman under arrest and escorted him to the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office for processing.

Emmit Emery Norman, Jr. was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (marijuana) in an amount of less than 1/2 ounce. He was issued a summons for that charge, given a future court date to appear in Newton Municipal Court, and subsequently released.

Narcotics distributor arrested in Frankford Township

  • Posted: March 11, 2014
  • Arrested: Kenneth Wilkins, age 23, of Branchville, Steven Pierce, age 36, formerly of Stillwater Township and Joseph Selobyt, age 45, of Frankford Township, NJ.

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, members of the Sussex County Guns, Gangs, and Narcotics Task Force, accompanied by New Jersey State Police troopers and an officer from the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, arrested Kenneth Wilkins and Joseph Selobyt during a motor vehicle stop in Frankford Township.

Selobyt, who was already the subject of an outstanding Superior Court warrant for distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, was also found to be in possession of 60 bags of cocaine weighing approximately 18 grams and 5 grams of raw (uncut) heroin at the time of his arrest.

Both Selobyt and Wilkins were transported to the New Jersey State Police barracks in Augusta for processing before being lodged in the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility.

Kenneth Wilkins was charged with aiding in the distribution of a controlled dangerous substance. He remains incarcerated at the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail with no 10% option.

Joseph Selobyt was charged with six separate counts of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance and one count of possession of a controlled dangerous substance with the intent to distribute. He remains incarcerated at the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility in lieu of $150,000 bail with no 10% option.

On Wednesday, March 5, 2014, members of the Sussex County Guns, Gangs, and Narcotics Task Force along with Sussex County Sheriff’s officers conducted additional investigations at Selobyt’s residence. During the course of that investigation, officers discovered additional quantities of cocaine along with packaging materials and other assorted drug paraphernalia. While at that location, officers also discovered Steven Pierce. Further investigation revealed Pierce to be in possession of a quantity of cocaine and a hypodermic syringe.

Pierce was subsequently arrested and transported to the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office for processing. He was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance (cocaine) in an amount of less than 1/2 ounce, a fourth degree crime and possession of a hypodermic needle for an unlawful purpose, a disorderly persons offense. Pierce was issued summonses for the above offenses, given a future court date to appear in Frankford Township Municipal Court, and released on his own recognizance.

Upon the discovery of the additional cocaine and packaging materials in his residence, Joseph Selobyt was also charged with maintaining a controlled dangerous substance production facility. He remains lodged in the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility in lieu of $250,000 bail with no 10% option.

A charge is an accusation and all defendants are presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty. If you have any questions regarding anything published herein, please contact the Public Information Office at 973.579.0865, ext. 2010.


Sheriff Michael Strada