William Schiavella has resigned as the public information officer for the Bergen County Sheriff as part of Sheriff Anthony Cureton’s reorganization.
Cureton’s chief of staff, Derek Sands, will replace Schiavella as the public information officer. Schiavella had served under Michael Saudino, who resigned last September after being caught on tape making racist and homophobic remarks.
There has been speculation that Schiavella, a former Morris County undersheriff and Republican councilman from Rockaway Township, will switch parties and challenge Sheriff James Gannon in 2019.
There is also speculation that Rockaway Township Mayor Michael Puzio, a close political ally, will appoint Schiavella as a school resource officer.
Puzio holds the same post in Parsippany, a job he got shortly after endorsing Democrat Mikie Sherrill for Congress in New Jersey’s 11th district.
Schiavella also endorsed Sherrill.