Juan Manuel Perez was born in a large family being one of fifteen children. He grew up in an honest, but poor household and was the first one in his family to go forward and graduate from college. Juan attended the public schools and then went on to earn a bachelor’s degree at Jersey City State College (currently New Jersey City University).
Mr. Perez upon graduating college became an elementary school teacher working in the Jersey City Public Schools and then realized that his career goals were in the area of law enforcement. He passed the rigid entry examination for the New Jersey State Police and moved up through the ranks by way of merit to the rank of Captain. During his tenure at the State Police he was assigned road duty, executive protection to the Governor, assignments at the New Jersey Sports Complex where he affected arrests in the area involving narcotics, assault, sexual assault and other criminal violations. He was assigned to the Investigation Unit and conducted criminal investigations throughout the state. Prior to his retirement he served as Captain, Field Operations Bureau where he provided supervision to officers within the State Police organization.
Mr. Perez served as Deputy Director, Jersey City Police Department where he was active in many areas of administrative supervision including but not limited to the Closed Circuit Television Unit, Hearing Officer and recruitment efforts.
In 2008 Juan Perez was elected the first Hispanic Sheriff in the State of New Jersey being sworn in on January 1, 2009 as Sheriff of Hudson County. He was able to move the department forward with full recognition from federal, state and local law enforcement. He brought back dignity and professionalism to the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office by using innovative and technological advancements.
Mr. Perez is the founding father and past president of the Hispanic Law Enforcement Association, past Board Trustee and Vice Chair of the Jersey City Medical Center Board, Lieutenant-Civil Air Patrol, State Trooper of the Year in 2003 and 2006 by the parade committee and Grand Marshal of the Bayonne Hispanic Day Parade in 2007.
Mr. Perez possesses a history of activity and participation in the labor movement being a member of the Jersey City Education Association (teacher’s union), State Troopers Fraternal Association and as a Board Trustee of the Jersey City Medical Center fought for the rights of workers in the 1199J Unions. During Perez’s tenure as Sheriff of Hudson County the officers received one of the largest wage increases of 30% and he increased the yearly uniform allowance to the officers for their required uniforms.
Current Term: 7/1/2014 - 6/30/18