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TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT LEADER SLAMS POLITICAL TAKEOVER OF PASSAIC COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND OPPOSES “NEW STRUCTURE” PUSHED BY PARTY BOSS

PASSAIC COUNTY, NJ — A prominent police union official and public safety expert is severely criticizing a plan by Passaic County Democratic Chairman John Currie to control all personnel and financial decisions in the Sheriff’s Office. Currie has no law enforcement experience, yet he is still bent on taking total control of the Sheriff’s Office operations no matter what impact his actions have on public safety and officer morale. 


“When I read about Currie’s so-called ‘New Structure’ for the Sheriff’s Office I was disgusted and outraged,” says Bruno Varano, a Wayne resident who retired as the Acting Special Agent in Charge from the United States Office of the Inspector General and is the current President of NJ State PBA, Federal Agents Local #121. “To have a Party Boss with no public safety experience with that kind of power over sworn officers is really disgraceful and a direct threat to the safety of the public. Any candidate who accepts this demand is abdicating his or her law enforcement responsibility, is unfit to be Sheriff and is nothing more than a puppet.”


Currie revealed his ‘New Structure’ in a conversation with former Sheriff Jerry Speziale during a discussion about whether Speziale would run for Sheriff with the county party’s backing. Currie demanded the power to name Undersheriffs and control personnel decisions — Speziale flatly refused and is running for Sheriff in the Democratic Primary on June 4 with his own slate of candidates against the party machine.  


“I told John Currie that his New Structure is completely unacceptable to me and any other responsible law enforcement officer,” Speziale said. “I will take my campaign right to the voters instead of bowing down to these so-called party leaders. I hope New Jersey joins the other 49 states and gets rid of this rigged ballot line voting system that gives too much power to unelected political bosses.”


Varano said he is speaking as an individual and that his statements should not be construed as an endorsement of any candidate. He said he knows and respects Speziale for many years as one of the top crimefighters in the state.


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