North Plainfield Police Chief Bill Parenti appears to be the leading candidate for the Republican nomination for Somerset County Sheriff.
Parenti has won the endorsement of incumbent Frank Provenzano. Provenzano announced today that he would not seek re-election to a 7th term as sheriff in 2019.
“I have known Bill and worked with him and his father, former Chief of Police Anthony Parenti, for many years,” Provenzano said. “I have admired their commitment to Law Enforcement and in particular the skills and dedication Chief Parenti has always brought to the job.”
Parenti has served as president of the New Jersey State Association of Police Chiefs and as president o the Somerset County chiefs of police.
“We live in a very uncertain time and in my judgement, we need a strong person like Bill Parenti who is, by far, the very best person to succeed me as Sheriff,” Provenzano said in a letter to Republican county committee members.
Tim Pino, a former chief in the Somerset County Sheriff’s office and an aide to State Sen. Michael Doherty (R-Oxcord) has already announced that he would seek the Republican nomination. He had been preparing to challenge Provenzano in the GOP primary.
Parenti is following in the footsteps of his father, Tony Parenti, who was Fanwood chief of police before winning a seat on the Fanwood Borough Council.