About Us: Undersheriffs/Chiefs
Bureau of Law Enforcement
Undersheriff John F. Dempsey
After graduating from Madison High School, Undersheriff Dempsey enlisted in the United States Air Force. Upon discharge, he joined the Madison Police Department. Two years into his stint as a patrolman, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office sought Dempsey out and offered him the opportunity to join its ranks as an undercover narcotics detective. During his 23-year career with the Prosecutor’s Office, Dempsey served in many different capacities, ultimately rising to the rank of deputy chief before departing for the Sheriff’s Office. Now in his 20th year as undersheriff in charge of the Bureau of Law Enforcement, Dempsey has proven himself as a strong manager and leader.
Undersheriff Dempsey has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in business. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and is certified as a New Jersey Public Manager. He resides in Morris Township with his wife Denise.
Undersheriff Richard A. Wall
Undersheriff Richard Wall graduated from Parsippany Hills High School and enlisted in the United States Coast Guard and National Guard Reserves until he was honorably discharged in 1987.
He was hired by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in 1991 and worked his way through the ranks, being promoted to undersheriff in August 2013.
Undersheriff Wall’s career has included assignments in criminal investigations, internal affairs, warrants, emergency services, protective services and our administration.
Undersheriff Wall was a member of the Morris County Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team and also was co-commander of the team. He graduated from the FBI Bomb Technician School.
Undersheriff Wall was responsible for re-establishing our honor guard as well as establishing the Marine Patrol Unit. He was instrumental in the consolidation of our K-9, Search and Rescue and Bomb Unit into the Emergency Services Unit as well as enabling the Sheriff’s Warrants Section to work with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Fugitive Unit. He has also integrated our crime lab into the Criminal Investigation Section. He has also served as co-chairman for the Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey’s committee for sheriff’s office job titles.
Undersheriff Wall received the director’s award while attending the Morris County Basic Police Academy in 1991.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from William Paterson College as well as a master’s in public administration from Centenary College.
In 2006, Undersheriff Wall graduated from the FBI National Academy’s 225th session in Quantico, Virginia. He also attended the Morris County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Morris Program and is certified as a public manager through the state of New Jersey.
Undersheriff Wall served on the PBA as treasurer and also as the PBA Superior Officer Association president.
Undersheriff Wall stays active in his community and was elected to the Great Meadows Regional Board of Education, Independence Township Committee, and was involved with the Republican committees in Warren and Morris counties. He was nominated by Governor Chris Christie and approved by the New Jersey State Senate as a commissioner on the Public Employment Relations Commission.
Undersheriff Staci Santucci, Esq.
Undersheriff Staci Santucci is an attorney and has been practicing for close to 20 years. She is a graduate of Rutgers College, Rutgers University, where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science. She subsequently attended the Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit School of Law where she was awarded her law degree.
Admitted to both the New Jersey and Florida bars, Undersheriff Santucci’s practice focused primarily in the field of litigation prior to joining the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in 2002.
Undersheriff Santucci supervises the Morris County Sheriff’s Office’s Administration Division which includes Internal Affairs and the Sheriff’s Operational Support Unit. She serves as spokesperson to the media and public and is also responsible for coordinating with county counsel concerning litigation matters involving the agency.
In addition, Undersheriff Santucci serves as deputy executive director of the Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey. She also serves upon the New Jersey Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Access and Fairness in New Jersey Courts and has served as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Special Committee on Electronic Discovery in Criminal and Quasi-Criminal Matters.
Chief Gerard J. Marinelli
Chief Gerard J. Marinelli began his career with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in 1990 and was assigned to the Crime Prevention and Community Relations Unit.
In 1995, he was assigned to the Protective Services Division in the Morris County Courthouse.
From 2002 to 2011, Chief Marinelli served on assignment with the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a member of a multi-agency task force comprised of FBI agents and local law enforcement officers.
In 2011, Chief Marinelli was assigned to the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Legal Services Division and supervised the Warrants Squad and the Joint Fugitive Task Force.
In 2013, he served in the Emergency Services Unit where he supervised K-9 handlers.
Chief Marinelli served with the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) as team coordinator from November 2012 to August 2013.
He served as the Superior Officers Association president from June 2012 to July 2013.
Chief Marinelli received his associate’s degree in criminal justice from the County College of Morris. He also graduated from William Paterson University with a bachelor of arts degree in political science and from Centenary College with his master of arts in leadership and public administration.
Bureau of Corrections
Undersheriff Joseph J. Pascale
Undersheriff Joseph Pascale started his career with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Corrections in 1991 as a corrections officer, where, for 10 years he was responsible for many functions within the facility including the Bureau of Corrections K-9 Unit, until he was promoted to sergeant in 2001 and then to lieutenant in 2003.
As a lieutenant, Undersheriff Pascale was responsible for transportation, facility searches and inmate discipline.
In 2009, Undersheriff Pascale was promoted to captain and served as the security division commander responsible for managing and monitoring all functional areas of our correctional facility.
Undersheriff Pascale was also member of the Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team for 7 years and was the commander of the Emergency Response Unit as well as a firearms instructor.
He has received the Sheriff’s Achievement Award, Meritorious Service Award and Combat Valor Award.
Undersheriff Pascale attended the County College of Morris and received his certification as a certified public manager from Fairleigh Dickinson University
Undersheriff Pascale is married to his wife Colleen, who is a detective with the Butler Police Department. They have 4 children and reside in Morris County.
Warden Christopher Klein
Warden Christopher Klein began his career with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in September 1999. As an officer, Chris worked in the Intake/Processing Unit and the Policy and Procedures Unit.
In 2007, Warden Klein was promoted to sergeant where he managed the Policy and Procedures Unit and the New Jersey Department of Corrections State Inspection.
In 2012, Warden Klein was promoted to lieutenant and was assigned the role of administrative lieutenant. As administrative lieutenant he managed the Training Unit, the Fire Safety Unit as well as the Medical Unit, Policy and Procedures Unit and Quartermasters. He has overseen both the State Inspection and Accreditation departments. While managing the Accreditation Department, the Morris County Correctional Facility received its 4th accreditation from the American Correctional Association.
Warden Klein is a graduate of Rutgers University where he received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
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