BRIDGEWATER, NJ – Somerset County Sheriff Darrin J. Russo hosted a swearing-in ceremony for three newly promoted law enforcement division supervisors on July 1.
The oath of office for promotions was administered by the Superior Court Assignment Judge, the Honorable Thomas Miller. Somerset County Commissioner Director Shanel Robinson was also present at the ceremony.
Promoted staff included:
Captain Michael DiGuilio – DiGuilip was hired by the Sheriff’s Office in 2001 and was assigned to the Law Enforcement Division where he served as ChargÃ© d’affaires for the Family, Civil and Criminal Divisions of the County Superior Courthouse of Somerset. In 2003 Michael was assigned as the agency’s field training officer and in no time was he reviewing and updating the entire curriculum. In 2005, Michael was assigned to the Sheriff’s Office Detective’s Office where he worked on child support enforcement, background checks and criminal investigations. In 2014, Michael was promoted to sergeant in the Detective Bureau while continuing to serve as the agency’s chief field training officer. In 2017, Michael was promoted to Lieutenant where he oversaw reception operations and was assigned to the Internal Affairs Investigation Unit. Michael is married to his wife Michelle and they have a daughter (Shana) and a grandson (Trenton).
K9 Sergeant Shannon Snook – Snook was hired by the Sheriff’s Office in 2015, Shannon is a K9 manager with her German Shepherd partner K9 Basilone (named after famed Raritan Borough resident and United States Marine Corps Artillery Sgt John Basilone ), they are a certified patrol / tracking team. The K9 team quickly built a reputation after pursuing criminals, helping apprehend suspects, successfully locating missing people in danger, as well as recovering evidence such as cash, handguns and guns. stolen products used in crimes. They strive to foster key relationships between law enforcement and the community they serve by providing K9 demonstrations. In 2021, Shannon and K9 Basilone competed in their first US Police K9 Association National Competition and took second place. Shannon also participates in the Police Unity Bike Tour, is a member of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard in addition to being a certified emergency manager. Shannon received a BA from William Paterson University as a member of the International Sociology Honor Society. Shannon is also a former Somerset County Outstanding Women in Government Award recipient. With the promotion of Shannon, Basilone police dog was also promoted to the rank of sergeant at the ceremony.
Sergeant Adrian Romero – Romero was hired by the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office in 2009 after graduating from the Somerset County Police Academy as a Deputy Class Leader for Police Class 44-10. Adrian is a member of the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard, Special Response Team (SRT), in addition to being a Field Training Officer. In 2014, Adrian was assigned to the Somerset County SWAT team. In 2016-2017, Adrian was on loan from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as an undercover task force officer to assist with investigations that included the monitoring and execution of search warrants. From 2018, Adrian was assigned to the administrative division overseeing the Project Lifesaver program, which specializes in helping seniors with Alzheimer’s disease and autistic children with special needs. In addition, Adrian also helps the agency train new recruits to the sheriff’s office and prepare them mentally and physically for the next police academy. Adrian also helps oversee the new Sheriff’s Office internship program and supports the Hate Crime Prevention and Awareness Unit.
“It is a pleasure to swear an oath to these three new Supervisors and our Police Dog today, all of whom have gone above and beyond in their careers to do what is right, serve the community and make the Sheriff’s Office very proud. from them, âRusso said.
During the ceremony, Russo honored Arthur Wildman, a resident of Bridgewater, as the first ever honorary life member of the Sheriff’s Office. After the death of his daughter Alison, a dog enthusiast, in the tragic events of the Ground Zero terrorist attacks in New York on September 11, 2001, Wildman and his family established the Alison Marie Wildman Foundation which generously supported the K9 unit. from the sheriff’s office. over the past 20 years with over $ 50,000 in donations.
“We are honored to have Arthur Wildman as an official member of our Sheriff’s Office family,” said Deputy Sheriff Tim Pino.