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Sheriff Strada hires four new sheriff’s officers

  • Posted: November 21, 2014

Sheriff Michael F. Strada is pleased to announce the hiring of four new sheriff’s officers in the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office, Bureau of Law Enforcement.

Sheriff’s Officer Justin McCann and Sheriff Michael F. Strada

Justin McCann, 33 years old, of Wantage Township
A 2000 graduate of High Point Regional High School, Sheriff’s Officer McCann grew up in Sussex County prior to joining the United States Marine Corps in 2000 where he attained the rank of sergeant. After deploying once to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and completing the terms of his enlistment, Sergeant McCann left the Marine Corps in 2004. He returned to Sussex County and began working for the Andover Township Department of Public Works where he remained until being hired by the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office in March 2014. Sheriff’s Officer McCann is a recent graduate of the Passaic County Police Academy and a recipient of the Merit Award. The Merit Award is an award voted on by all recruits within the class and given to the officer they believe has displayed the best performance amongst them. Sheriff’s Officer McCann is currently assigned to the courthouse security & inmate transport unit.

Mark Williams, 24 years old, of Wantage Township
A 2002 graduate of High Point Regional High School, Sheriff’s Officer Peterson grew up in Sussex County prior to joining the United States Army, New Jersey Army National Guard where he attained the rank of specialist. After deploying once to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where he served as a military police officer, Specialist Williams returned to Sussex County and accepted a position as a federal corrections officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons before being hired by the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office. Officer Williams continues to serve in the New Jersey Army National Guard. A graduate of both the United States Army Military Police School and the United States Army Combat Lifesaver course, Officer Williams holds an associate’s degree in criminal justice from Sussex County Community College as well as a bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison University.

Mark Peer, 41 years old, of Branchville
A 1992 graduate of Montville High School, Sheriff’s Officer Peer grew up in neighboring Morris County before joining the United States Marine Corps in 1993. Officer Peer served for four years as an active duty marine and has continued his service in the Marine Corps Reserve where he was recently promoted to the rank of master sergeant. Following a deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009, Officer Peer moved to Sussex County. Officer Peer holds certifications as an emergency medical technician, a hazardous materials technician, customs & border clearance agent, and a weapons of mass destruction radiation/nuclear responder technician. Also a certified firefighter, Officer Peer currently serves as a lieutenant of the Frankford Township Volunteer Fire Department.

Stephen Peterson, 37 years old, of Hampton Township
A 1995 graduate of Kittatinny Regional High School, Sheriff’s Officer Peterson is a lifelong resident of Sussex County who has been self-employed as a small business owner for almost twenty years.

Officers Williams, Peer and Peterson are currently attending the Morris County Police Academy where they are expected to graduate the 83rd Basic Police Class in December 2014. Following graduation, the officers will receive a brief period of in-service orientation and training, and will be assigned to the courthouse security & inmate transport unit.

The hiring of these officers is necessary to provide the state mandated security for the additional judges that have been assigned to the Sussex County courthouse.

Sheriff Strada congratulates each of the new sheriff’s officers and wishes them continued success in their law enforcement careers.

Sheriff Michael F. Strada, Sheriff’s Officer Mark Williams, Sheriff’s Officer Mark Peer and Sheriff’s Officer Stephen Peterson
From left to right: Sheriff Michael F. Strada, Sheriff’s Officer Mark Williams, Sheriff’s Officer Mark Peer and Sheriff’s Officer Stephen Peterson.

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