Retired Jersey City police captain brought on as county jail director’s chief of staff

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Recently retired Jersey City Police Capt. Ed Nestor, who most recently served as the West District Commander, has been brought on as Hudson County Jail Director Ron Edwards’ chief of staff this week.

Hudson County Correctional Facility Director Ron Edwards (left) and his new chief of staff Ed Nestor. Nestor photo via LinkedIn.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Nestor, who retired after 26 years of service in August, started his new post at the correctional facility in Kearny yesterday, Edwards said.

“I interviewed a lot of people and he is line with my leadership’s philosophy as far as having all my staff reach their true potential. He’s going to help develop a leadership case assessment to help them achieve their true potential and also develop a succession plan.”

“His attitude is kind of infectious and kind of in line with Hudson County’s values: he and I just clicked and I believe he’s going to bring tremendous value.”

Edwards continued that Nestor, who is also a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University, will be critical in providing in-house training for ranking corrections officers, which is a much preferred option with COVID-19 cases on the rise again.

The coronavirus has claimed the lives of six staffers at the jail to date, including two corrections officers.

The chief of staff position at the jail has been vacant ever since Jonathan Castaneda became the West New York business administrator last summer.

Edwards also said that the post will pay a $90,000 annual salary, the same as what Nestor’s predecessor made.