Union County Sheriff's Office
Peter Corvelli Jr.


Peter Corvelli, a resident of Kenilworth brings more than 23 years of decorated law enforcement experience to his position as the new Union County Sheriff.

Before his election to the Sheriff’s Office, Corvelli served as the Assistant Director in the Department of Corrections, assisting 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 of the County’s Juvenile Detention Center.

Prior to joining Union County, Corvelli enjoyed a career spanning three decades in the Hillside Police Department, earning numerous commendations and police awards for his meritorious service, prior to 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. Before he was promoted, he worked as a township police patrolman for 12 years.

Corvelli was also a 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 has served more than 7 years on the Kenilworth Borough Council, and was first elected in 2006. Corvelli initiated the “Handyman Program” for seniors and has served as the Recreation Commissioner, the Finance Department Commissioner, the Public Works Commissioner, the Fire Commissioner, and he served as the Police Commissioner.

Among the many responsibilities at the township level, Corvelli has experience in: developing the township’s overall 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, 45, lives in Kenilworth with his wife Kelly, and their two children, Alyssa and Rylee.