Samuel J. Plumeri, Jr.
Vice Chairman, New Jersey State Parole Board
Samuel J. Plumeri, Jr. was confirmed as an Associate Board Member of the New Jersey State Parole Board on June 25, 2009. He was designated Vice Chairman on July 6, 2009 by Governor Corzine, then re-designated by Governor Christie on August 6, 2010.
As Vice Chairman, he oversees the Operations Unit, which includes Special Operations, Gang Unit, Intelligence and the JTTF. He also oversees the Office of Professional Standards which conducts investigations of employee misconduct.
As an Associate Board member he also conducts hearings in New Jersey’s prisons and jails and makes decisions on the parole eligibility of convicted inmates, as required by New Jersey statute; meets with and receives testimony from crime victims; and provides input into the policies and procedures of the State Parole Board.
Vice Chairman Plumeri serves on the Executive Board of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. He also serves on the Regional Operations Intelligence Center (ROIC) Governance Board.
Prior to joining the State Parole Board, Mr. Plumeri served at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as Superintendent Police and Director of Public Safety, a position he assumed in May 2004. As Director of Public Safety he was responsible for the management of one of America’s largest police departments with an annual budget of over $500 million. As Superintendent of the Port Authority Police Department he was responsible for the safety and security of tens of millions of people who used the Port Authority’s facilities each year. He was also responsible for the agency’s Office of Emergency Management, charged with planning for and responding to serious catastrophic emergencies throughout the New York Metropolitan region. As a police director with jurisdiction in New York and New Jersey, Mr. Plumeri also served as the Port Authority’s principal liaison to federal, state, county and local law enforcement and intelligence agencies throughout the bi-state region and the United States.
Mr. Plumeri joined the Port Authority Police Department in April 2002, as Deputy Superintendent of Police for Intelligence and Training, where he established the agency’s intelligence gathering initiatives and created intelligence management systems, which share significant information to all law enforcement and intelligence entities. Additionally, he was responsible for all Port Authority Police Department training through the agency’s Police Academy.
Since 1970, when Mr. Plumeri joined the Trenton Police Division, he has served the public as a law enforcement professional. After three years as a police officer walking a beat in Trenton, New Jersey, Mr. Plumeri was promoted to the highly sensitive Special Services Unit. As an undercover operative, he removed millions of dollars of illegal narcotics from the streets and shut down high-level drug distributors – work that is still considered legendary.
His talent as an undercover agent was soon recognized, and Mr. Plumeri was assigned Chief of Intelligence to the Trenton-Mercer Organized Crime Strike Force.
As a recognized and qualified expert witness in the fields of narcotics and organized crime, he testified in support of investigations going to trial and was called upon as a guest lecturer at numerous police training facilities.
In 1979, when he was assigned to the Criminal Investigation Bureau/Major Crimes Unit, Mr. Plumeri’s skill, talent and expertise served him well in developing an expertise in sex crime and child abuse investigations.
In 1986, Mr. Plumeri was appointed to the Mercer County, New Jersey Sheriff’s Office as Undersheriff. He oversaw all training, special operations and special investigations. In 1989 he was promoted to First Undersheriff, a title he held until May 1990, when Governor James J. Florio appointed him Mercer County Sheriff.
Mr. Plumeri won the 1990 election as Sheriff and was re-elected by overwhelming margins in 1993, 1996 and 1999.
As Mercer County Sheriff he instituted many public safety programs for senior citizens, most notably his national award winning “Blue Light Program.” Also while Sheriff, he developed and instituted successful programs including the county’s first K-9 Bomb Detection Unit and County Wide Emergency Response Teams.
While Mr. Plumeri’s law enforcement career has been extensive, so has his commitment to various civic and charitable organizations. Mr. Plumeri has been involved with the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Fund and the Special Olympics. He is Past President of the Italian-American National Hall of Fame. He served as Chairman of the March of Dimes Jail and Bail for many years. He chaired the Finance Committee for the funding and completion of the Mercer County Vietnam Veterans Memorial. He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Law Enforcement Memorial Commission.
Mr. Plumeri is a former President of the New Jersey Association of Counties, Past President of the New Jersey State Sheriff’s Association, and a lifetime member of the Mercer County Chiefs of Police Association. He is also a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Mr. Plumeri has received countless honors; most recently he was the recipient of the United States Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation’s Captain Peter Mucci Award and the National Police Defense Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He was honored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation as Humanitarian of the Year. He has also been inducted into the Italian-American National Hall of Fame. Most recently he was inducted to the Alumni Hall of Fame at Rider University and Notre Dame.
Mr. Plumeri was born and raised in the City of Trenton and is the second son of the late Samuel J. Plumeri, Sr. and Josephine Plumeri. He has two brothers, Joseph J. Plumeri II and Paul Plumeri. His father was the founder of the Trenton Thunder AA affiliate of the New York Yankees. The field at Mercer County’s Waterfront Park was named in his honor.
Mr. Plumeri is a graduate of Rider University and resides in Hamilton Township, New Jersey with his wife, Barbara. He is the proud father of two grown children, Jessica Amodio and Matthew J. Plumeri, and two grandchildren, Nina Rose and Samuel Joseph Amodio.