North Bergen Police Sgt. Henry Marrero says he wants to give back to the community that gave him so much
North Bergen, N.J. – North Bergen Police Sgt. Henry Marrero, candidate for Hudson County Freeholder, announced yesterday that he will donate his Freeholder salary to scholarships and charities for local students in the district so they can fulfill their dreams and create a better life.
“My wife and I feel extremely blessed for everything we have and at this time, we want to give back to the community that gave us so much.. I’ve decided to donate my Freeholder’s salary to local kids because we raised our five children in Hudson County and are devoted to improving the education in the area,” Sgt. Marrero said.
“I challenge my opponent to do the same because I believe the community is tired of seeing politicians shepherding their friends into government positions and taking additional salaries. My candidacy is about giving a voice to those who don’t currently have one and be an advocate for their needs and priorities.
Marrero announced his candidacy this month for the upcoming District 8 Freeholder race, representing his hometown of North Bergen, as well as parts of Jersey City and Secaucus. He is running for the seat held by Thomas Liggio, who said he will not seek reelection. He is the first Hispanic to run for the seat.
His opponent, Anthony Vainieri, already receives multiple salaries from the taxpayers and would potentially receive an additional Freeholder salary.
In 1997, Hudson County Jail hired Marrero as a Corrections Officer. He was later promoted to Lead Investigator in the Gang Unit where he worked for four and a half years. In 2001, He reached yet another milestone as he was called upon to join the Hudson County Sherriff’s Office.
When the opportunity arose to return to his hometown, he accepted the transfer to the North Bergen Police Department where he currently serves as a Sergeant for the Juvenile Gang Unit, member of the FBI Hostage Negotiation Team, Arson Investigator, Megan’s Law Investigator and a member of the Emergency Response Team.
Currently, Marrero is a member of the NAACP Hoboken Chapter, PBA Local 18A, Masons Secaucus-Hudson Lodge No. 72, the East Coast Gang Investigators Association, the Special Olympics Fundraising Committee of North Bergen and the Moose Lodge of North Bergen.
In the past, he served as Mayor Sacco’s representative for the Hackensack Meadowlands Commission, Vice Chairman of the North Bergen Parking Authority, President of the Latino Police Officers Association and as a member Hudson County Corrections FOP Lodge 77.
He currently resides in North Bergen with his wife, Connie, and their five children.