I completed my undergraduate studies at William Paterson University of New Jersey in January 1998. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice. While I was attending WPU, I also worked full time as a private investigator under a former US Secret Service Agent. Following my undergraduate studies, I pursued a career in law enforcement and joined the Glen Rock New Jersey Police Department in February 2000. Prior to this appointment, I served with the Glen Rock Auxiliary Police for two years. I served eight years in the Patrol Division, before I was appointed to the Detective Bureau. In November 2017 I was promoted to Detective Sergeant and I currently serve as the Bureau supervisor where I supervise Det. Lucas Doney. During my career, I have been bestowed numerous awards and citations for outstanding service in law enforcement.
In addition to my municipal police duties, I also served ten years on the Bergen County Rapid Deployment Force, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Computer Crimes Task Force (since 2007) and was a member of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Multi-jurisdictional Heroin Task Force for three years. I have served as an instructor over my career in many areas including Simunitions, Active Shooter, Radar, Domestic Violence Officer and others. In 2012, I began researching the history of the Glen Rock Police Department and started posting historical blotter entries on the department’s Facebook and other social media outreach initiatives which garnered a large amount of public attention and media coverage. I continued my education and received a Master of Arts degree in History from William Paterson University of New Jersey in May 2013.
While researching my thesis topic, the German American Bund, I came across documents regarding a resident of Glen Rock named Carl Schiphorst. Schiphorst resided in Glen Rock during the 1930’s and was a leader of the Bergen County Unit of the Bund as well as the target of a 145 page FBI investigation suspecting Schiphorst of being a Nazi agent. For the past several years, I have been researching Carl Schiphorst, the FBI investigation, his internment, and ultimate repatriation to Germany, a story which illustrates the plight of thousands of German families during WWII. I first presented my findings to the public in conjunction with the Glen Rock Historical & Preservation Society in April 2015 and have been in demand ever since, presenting to numerous libraries and civic organizations throughout Bergen County and NJ.
My presentation is continuously updated with new information regarding what became of the Schiphorst family after repatriation and the history of the German American Bund in Bergen County, NJ and beyond.
In addition to historical research, I have been conducting genealogical research for over 20 years for my own family and friends.
I enjoy sports (both playing and watching), hiking, reading, playing board games, classic cars, riding ATV's, visiting historical sites and flying my RC model airplanes. I am married to my high school sweetheart, Tanya, and we have a daughter and a son, Olivia and Andrew. We also have two German Shepherds, one terrier mix and three cats.