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Fontoura Sworn In For Eighth Term

Sheriff took oath Wednesday morning at Veterans Courthouse for record-setting term.

Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura was sworn in for a record-setting eighth term Wednesday morning at the Veterans Courthouse.

Fontoura, 69, has served as the Essex County Sheriff since 1990, but he has been involved in the county’s police force long before that. 

Fontoura began as Newark police officer in 1967, and eventually rose through the ranks to become a captain and then chief assistant to the police director. In 1986, he became an Essex County Undersheriff, where he served until he was appointed sheriff in 1990.

He won re-election in November after defeating challenger Orlando Mendez, garnering about 91 percent of the votes cast.

Lenny Testa December 26, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Mr. Fontoura, Best of luck and continued success.
Rudolph Krystal December 27, 2012 at 02:24 PM
What a guy ! Fontoura is the dean of double-dipping sheriffs, cashing $1.14 million in pension checks, while drawing a salary during the past 22 years. “Does it look bad? Yes. No question about it, it looks bad. Was it legal? Yes,” Fontoura told NBC 4 New York. “I didn’t do anything illegal,” said Fontoura, who “retired” at age 47 but never left the payroll of the Essex sheriff’s office. Yearly Total $200,221 = Salary $137,917 + Pension $62,304 Should make everyone feel ill for the Holidays.
Nitsuj December 30, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Dont blame the sheriff, blame the people who keep relelecting the sheriff. Apparently he must be that good that they keep reelecting him.

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