L.E.A.D. is proud to announce the appointment of Undersheriff William Schievella to the L.E.A.D. Law Enforcement Advisory Board.
William Schievella joined the Morris County Sheriff’s Office as an Undersheriff in March of 2015 to serve as a member of the Executive Command Staff. This nationally accredited agency maintains the prestigious Triple Crown Award for both law enforcement and corrections. The agency he oversees provides security to the county court and administrative complex as well K-9, Bomb Squad, Crime Scene, Crime Lab, SWAT, Warrants, Legal Services, Community Policing and specialized law enforcement services to a county of almost 500,000 residents comprised of 39 municipalities.
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. Undersheriff Schievella also serves as an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Prior to retiring in 2014, Schievella served as the Chief of Detectives for the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. In this position, he commanded the sworn Detectives and Prosecutor’s Agents. He was responsible for the planning, direction and coordination of all activities of the Investigative Staff. He oversaw 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. Chief Schievella was responsible for interacting with municipal, county, state, and federal level officials and agencies to coordinate operations and set policy. He directly supervised the creation and operations of a Community Affairs Unit which became a statewide model for community policing. During Chief Schievella’s tenure the leadership of the Prosecutor’s Office, he conducted an overhaul of operations which resulted in the savings of more than $4 million dollars to county taxpayers through salary, expense and fuel cost reductions. Despite the cost savings, the leadership team was able to reduce crime more than 6.5% which was the highest year over year decrease of any county in NJ.
Prior to 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.
Schievella graduated cum laude from Caldwell College with a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice. Thereafter, he received a Masters in Administration and a Post Masters Certification 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 in Newark. He is a graduate of the prestigious West Point Command & Leadership Program and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Program at Princeton University. In addition to being an adjunct graduate professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, he serves as a certified police instructor at several NJ police training facilities.
Additionally, 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.
Schievella previously served as a Councilman at Large in Rockaway Township where he resides. He also served 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 served as 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 and a member of the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking. He is a member of the Archdiocese of Newark and Diocese of Paterson Blue Mass Committees.
Schievella 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, Board of Trustees of the County College of Morris and a volunteer EMT for many years. Schievella is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Spring Street Development Corporation in Morristown as well as a Trustee at Teen Pride Morris. 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. Schievella has taught law enforcement officers in several Caribbean countries covering Counter Terrorism, Leadership and community policing.
Undersheriff Schievella is looking forward to bringing drug and violence prevention services to a new level “On the Street and in the Classroom”.