About Us: Undersheriffs/Chiefs
Bureau of Law Enforcement
Undersheriff Michael Puzio
Undersheriff Michael Puzio began his career with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in 1996, after graduating from the Morris County Police Academy. Undersheriff Puzio’s career has garnered experience in almost every unit within the agency, including but not limited to assignments in criminal investigations, warrants, protective services and evidence. His last assignment before being promoted to undersheriff was in the sheriff’s operational services overseeing internal affairs, accreditation, CrimeStoppers and Project Lifesaver.
Undersheriff Puzio is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in biological sciences, which has served him well having spent most of his career in the criminal investigation section. He has had the opportunity to work with the municipalities in Morris County as well as state and federal agencies assisting with the processing of crime scenes. He was most notably recognized for his efforts at Ground Zero following the 9/11 attacks. Undersheriff Puzio is a court certified expert in question document analysis, fingerprints as well as evidence collection.
Throughout his career, Undersheriff Puzio has taken the initiative to further serve his community, holding many leadership roles. He is currently serving Rockaway Township as a councilman and member of the planning board. He serves on the board of the Rockaway Township UNICO Chapter and the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey. He has served as past president of the Morris County Detective Association and spent 13 years as a member of the Rockaway Township Board of Education.
Undersheriff Edward K. Crooker
Undersheriff Edward Crooker’s law enforcement career began in 1994 with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Corrections. He has over 20 years of progressive law enforcement experience, most of which was in the sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Section (CIS).
In 1996, Undersheriff Crooker was transferred to the Bureau of Law Enforcement’s Protective Services Division in the courthouse. Just one year later, he was transferred to CIS where he excelled in the area of criminal investigation.
Undersheriff Crooker has earned the Honorable Service Medal in 2001, the Sheriff’s Achievement Medal in 2002 for his participation in the search and rescue efforts at Ground Zero following the 911 attacks, the Exceptional Duty Medal in 2005, the Distinguished Achievement Award in 2008, the Unit Citation Medal in 2010, the Meritorious Service Award in 2012 and the Professional Service Medal for 20 years of service in 2013.
Undersheriff Crooker currently oversees the day-to-day operations of the Bureau of Law Enforcement with emphasis on maintaining the integrity, expertise and effectiveness of the agency’s non-mandated services and providing these shared supportive services to Morris County’s 39 towns.
Undersheriff William Schievella
Undersheriff William Schievella joined the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in March of 2015 to serve as a member of the executive command staff.
Prior to retiring in 2014, Schievella served as the chief of investigations for the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. In this position, he was responsible for the planning, direction and coordination of all activities of the investigative staff, overseeing the daily operations of the tactical and investigative units for the chief law enforcement agency for a suburban county of 450,000 residents with thirty-nine municipalities.
Before joining the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, William Schievella served at the New Jersey State Parole Board as a sergeant overseeing its law enforcement operations in Bergen, Morris and Passaic counties. He also served as the task force coordinator for the New Jersey State Parole Homeland Security Task Force.
Undersheriff Schievella currently serves as the director of the Police Studies Institute at the College of Saint Elizabeth. In this position, he oversees the implementation of various executive development programs for law enforcement as well as community-based law enforcement collaboration. He is also an adjunct graduate professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University as well as a certified police instructor at several New Jersey police training facilities.
Undersheriff Schievella is involved in a number of professional organizations—he is a lifetime member of the board of directors of the New Jersey Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association as well as the past president of the County Chiefs of Detectives Associations of New Jersey. Schievella is the president of the NJ Police Community Affairs Officers Association, a member of the NJ Police Honor Legion, and is the founder and current president of the Italian American Police Society of New Jersey representing more than 4,000 Italian American law enforcement officers. Schievella also serves as a vice president in the National Council of Columbia Associations representing more than 125,000 Italian American civil servants nationally.
Undersheriff Schievella’s civic involvement includes a stint as councilman in his hometown of Rockaway Township as well as serving as the deputy director of the Rockaway Township Office of Emergency Management and director of the Rockaway Township Police Athletic League. Schievella serves as a commissioner on the Morris County Sheriff’s Crimestoppers and is a member of the board of trustees of the County College of Morris as well as a commissioner with the Morris County Human Relations Commission. He is a member of the Archdiocese of Newark’s Blue Mass Committee. He has been honored as both the humanitarian of the year by the Columbus Day Parade of New Jersey and as the grand marshal of the Morris County Columbus Day Parade. He has previously served as a member of the Lyndhurst Board of Education and a volunteer EMT for many years. Undersheriff Schievella has been recognized by the NJ State Senate and Assembly and the New York City Council as well as the NYPD Police Honor Legion, the NYPD Detectives Endowment Association and the NYPD Columbia Association. He has appeared on many news outlets including News 12 New Jersey’s Spotlight on New Jersey and Fox News Network as a guest contributor on international law enforcement.
Undersheriff Schievella graduated cum laude from Caldwell College with a bachelor’s of arts in criminal justice. Thereafter, he received a master’s degree in administration and a post-master’s certificate in global terrorism from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has also completed the Mobile Intensive Care Paramedic Program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He is a graduate of the prestigious West Point Command & Leadership Program and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program at Princeton University.
Chief Philip A. DiGavero
Chief Philip A. DiGavero began his law enforcement career with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in 1994.
In 1997, following stints in both the corrections and law enforcement bureaus, Chief DiGavero moved on to court security in the Protective Services Division. He was one of the first certified EMTs to serve in the department, responding to emergency medical calls throughout all county buildings.
In 1999, he became the agency training coordinator, instructing all officers in the use of force, fresh pursuit, CPR and the latest updates in role call training. He also assisted in conducting background investigations and interviews for new hires.
In 2004, Chief DiGavero was promoted to sergeant in the Protective Services Division and in July 2005, he became the director of security at the county-owned Morris View Nursing complex.
In 2006, he was promoted to detective sergeant and was assigned to the Evidence Unit in the Special Services Division. During his tenure with the unit, his implementation of a computerized evidence management barcoding system and efficient security standards ushered the unit into a modern, paperless system of tracking the chain of custody of evidence.
In 2010, Chief DiGavero was assigned to the Emergency Services Unit where he supervised K-9 detectives in search and rescue, missing person and Project Lifesaver operations. He was instrumental in introducing GPS tracking and topographic mapping computer software which led to several successful operations in locating lost and missing victims.
In 2013, Chief DiGavero was assigned to the Warrant Section in the Special Services Division. Later in 2013, he was assigned back to the Evidence Unit where he implemented a computerized management system to maintain and purge evidence. He was instrumental in assisting in the promotion and smooth operation of the office’s new county-wide Rx medical collection program. In its first year, the program became the largest medical collection program in the state, collecting and properly disposing over 4,000 lbs. of medical waste.
In 2014, Sheriff Ed Rochford appointed DiGavero to chief sheriff’s officer, overseeing personnel in the Bureau of Law Enforcement.
Chief DiGavero is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration.
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