Union City Police Capt. Nichelle Luster is currently the frontrunner to replace recently retired Hudson County Undersheriff Bruce Lamparello, sources told Hudson County View.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Luster, who has been with the UCPD since July 1994, became the first female to in the department’s history to attain the rank of captain in March 2013.
As only Hudson County View has reported, Undersheriff Bruce Lamparello, who oversaw the court bureau, retired on November 24th.
Although Luster, a Middlesex County resident, would be taking a significant pay cut to take the job, she earned $205,765 last year while Lamparello took home $113,142 in 2016, according to public records.
However, she would have to retired from the UCPD to accept the position as undersheriff, allowing her to collect a pension and a salary at the same time: similar to the situation Lamparello was in.
Over the weekend, this publication was the first to reveal that state Senator (D-33)/Union City Mayor Brian Stack will be handpicking Lamparello’s replacement.
2018 looks to be a big year for the North Hudson power broker, as he is poised to takeover as HCDO chairman.
He also plans to install former Senate aide Mark Albiez, a Clifton resident who currently serves as Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop’s chief of staff, as the party’s next executive director.
A spokesman for the sheriff’s office did not return inquiries seeking comment.