North Plainfield Chief of Police Bill Parenti will seek the Republican nomination for Somerset County Sheriff.
“Running for Sheriff is a great honor and great responsibility and I believe that my many years in law enforcement coupled with my fourteen years as Chief an accredited agency in North Plainfield have afforded me the experience and commitment to community to be a successful Sheriff,” Parenti said.
Parenti has already won the endorsement of six-term incumbent Frank Provenzano, who announced last week that he would not seek re-election this year.
“I’m honored to have Sheriff Provenzano’s endorsement which was a major factor in my decision to run”; said Parenti.
The son of a former Fanwood police chief who later ran for councilman, Parenti said he would appear at the Somerset Republican organization screening committee to seek party support.
One Republican, former Sherriff’s Department captain Tim Pino, is already in the race and was prepared to run against Provenzano in the GOP primary. Pino has the endorsement of State Sen. Michael Doherty (R-Oxford), who represents part of Somerset County.
Parenti heaped strong praise on Provenzano.
“Frank has been a great Sheriff for many years,” Parenti said. “I have been proud to support him during his tenure and I look forward to building upon the many programs designed to assist the people of Somerset County that Sheriff Provenzano championed.”
Parenti is a former president of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police and is currently serving his thirteenth consecutive year as president of the Somerset County Association of Chiefs of Police.