Spokesman: law allows Sheriff to fire Undersheriff

Hudson County Sheriff Juan Perez has not switched parties, but is weighing options that include seeking re-election as a Republican, his spokesman said today.

Robert Knapp, the communications director for the Hudson County Sheriff’s department, says that Perez could also run in the Democratic primary or as an independent in November.  He says rumors of a party change are not true.

The spokesman also said that Perez was within his legal rights to fire Undersheriff Frank Schillari, who is expected to have the backing of the Hudson County Democratic Organization in the June primary for Sheriff.  State law provides for the Undersheriff to serve at the pleasure of the Sheriff, Knapp said.

Spokesman: law allows Sheriff to fire Undersheriff