Sheriff Peter Corvelli


Peter D. Corvelli Jr., a resident of Kenilworth, brings more than 27 years of decorated law enforcement experience to his position as the Union County Sheriff.

Before his election as Sheriff, Corvelli served as the Assistant Director in the Union County Department of Corrections.  There, he assisted in the overall management of the Union County Jail, which houses more than 600 inmates daily.  Corvelli also served previously as the Director of Custody at the Union County Juvenile Detention Center.

Prior to joining Union County, Sheriff Corvelli enjoyed a career spanning three decades in the Hillside Police Department.  He earned numerous commendations and police awards for his meritorious service to Hillside, retiring in 2016 as a Sergeant.

As Sergeant, Corvelli was responsible for the supervision of patrolmen and dispatchers for Hillside. Prior to that, he served as a township Detective for seven years which included a stint as a member of the Union/Essex Auto Theft taskforce. Prior to his work as a Detective, he worked as a township patrolman for 12 years.

Sheriff Corvelli was also a state corrections officer at the East Jersey State Prison (formerly known as Rahway State Prison) before he became a police officer in Hillside.

At the municipal level, Corvelli previously served more than 7 years on the Kenilworth Borough Council, first elected in 2006. Corvelli initiated the “Handyman Program” for Kenilworth’s seniors and has served as Recreation Commissioner, Finance Department Commissioner, Public Works Commissioner, Fire Commissioner and as Police Commissioner.

Among his many responsibilities at the local level, Corvelli has experience in: developing the overall municipal budget, employee and personnel management, contractual negotiations and vendor negotiations.

Among the awards, honors, letters and achievements he earned were:

  • The Valor Award from the New Jersey State Law Enforcement Officers Association;
  • The Meritorious Award from the New Jersey State Law Enforcement Officers Association;
  • The Police Star Award from the New Jersey State Law Enforcement Officers Association;
  • An Outstanding Police Work citation from the FBI, Newark Regional Office;
  • Distinguished Service Medal From the Hillside Police Department
  • Excellent Police Duty Award (4 times) from the Hillside Police Department;
  • Life Saving Awards (2 times) from the Hillside Police Department;
  • The Meritorious Service Award from the Hillside Police Department;
  • The Chief’s Award from the Hillside Police Department.

A member of the Knights of Columbus, Corvelli, 49, lives in Kenilworth with his wife Kelly, and their two children, Alyssa and Rylee.