County swears in 12 sheriff’s officers

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CAPSA-URG-sheriffs Sheriff Frank X. Balles stands with the 12 new sheriff’s officers after they took their oath Tuesday, Sept. 11 in Mays Landing.

MAYS LANDING – Twelve Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department Officers took the Oath of Office Tuesday, Sept.11 during the Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders bimonthly meeting.

The ceremony was conducted at the beginning of the meeting held in at the county Court House.

Sheriff Frank X. Balles performed the ceremony in front of the officers’ family, friends, and fellow officers.

The twelve officers are:

John A. Amendolia, 24, of Hammonton, who attended Hammonton High School and Atlantic Cape Community College. He is presently employed by the New Jersey Air National Guard 177th in the base’s security forces. He served in Afghanistan.

Bryan M. Bene, 24, of Hammonton. He graduated from Hammonton High School in 2005 and has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Delaware.

Alan T. Chambliss, 33, of Egg Harbor Township. He attended Oakcrest High School.

Michael L. Corrado Jr., 26, of Hammonton. A graduate of Hammonton High School, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Rutgers University. He has already attended the police officer’s basic course and graduated in June 2012 from the Alternate Route Program at the Atlantic County Police Training Center.

Thomas James Denton, 36, of Egg Harbor Township, who attended Atlantic City and Holy Spirit high schools.

Victor D. Gano, 42, of Linwood. A graduate of Ocean City High School, he received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He transferred from the Atlantic County Justice Facility where he worked as a Corrections Officer. While employed there, Gano received the 2010 Employee of the Year award. He captured two Employee of the Month honors.

Michael D. Griffin, 23, of Galloway. A graduate of Absegami High School, he is currently attending Stockton College in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He is a volunteer firefighter for the Bayview Volunteer Fire Company.

Jacquiline E. Guischard, 27, of Somers Point. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Stockton College where she is pursuing a graduate degree in business administration.

Brandon A. Markowitz, 24, of Hammonton. He earned an associate’s degree in business administration form Atlantic Cape Community College and a bachelor’s degree in business management at Stockton College. He is a volunteer firefighter for the Nesco Volunteer Fire Company and a forest firefighter for the New Jersey Forest Firefighter Service.

Katherine N. Naveja, 24, of Egg Harbor City, who attended Absegami High School and Atlantic Cape Community College.

Paulo L. Pereira, 38, of Hamilton Township, who attended Egg Harbor Township High School. He transferred from the Atlantic County Justice Facility, where he worked as a corrections officer.

Dianna L. Wamsher, 27, of Egg Harbor Township. She is a New Jersey Certified Elementary teacher who earned a bachelor’s degree in literature and teacher education at Stockton College.

Of the twelve officers, three officers will carry on a family legacy.

Michael Corrado is the son of Lt. Michael L. Corrado Sr. of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.

Jacquiline Guischard is the daughter of 8-year veteran Ptl. Lester Guischard, a Buena Borough police officer who was killed in an automobile accident in October 1987 at the age of 26. He was responding to a call to assist another officer in a neighboring community.

Dianna Wamsher is the daughter of a retired Atlantic County Sheriff’s Officer Sgt. Michael Wamsher Sr. Her late brother, Michael Wamsher Jr., was a 10-year veteran Atlantic City police officer who died in a motor vehicle accident in Tampa, Fla. in January 2011.

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