Chief of County Investigators/Detectives Richard E. Necelis began his career in law enforcement with the New Jersey State Police in 1986. He initially worked as a road Trooper and during the course of his career he advanced through the ranks to Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain, where he was responsible for numerous criminal investigations and internal affairs investigations. During his 25 year tenure in the State Police, he served in Cumberland County for several years.
As a Captain in the New Jersey State Police, Chief Necelis served as the Executive Officer of the Office of Professional Standards, providing executive leadership over five administrative units responsible for intake reception for complainants against police, adjudicating all police misconduct, providing legal support for all civil litigation against members, conducting managerial audits of all functions, and staff inspections. He simultaneously provided executive leadership to four investigative units. While in the New jersey State Police, Chief Necelis successfully implemented all necessary requirements to have the U.S. Department of Justice abolish the NJSP Consent Decree. Additionally, he was deeply involved and committed to the New Jersey State Police achieving CALEA accreditation.
Upon retiring from the New Jersey State Police, Chief Necelis worked in corporate security and also worked as a New Jersey Licensed Private Detective. In 2012, Chief Necelis was hired as a County Investigator/Detective in the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office and worked in the Professional Standards Unit. In October of 2013, he was promoted to Chief of County Investigators/Detectives.
Chief Necelis has earned the following degrees: an Associate of Science Degree from Widener University in Chester, PA in 1984; a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Farleigh Dickenson University in Teaneck, NJ in 2002, an M.S. Administrative Science Degree from Farleigh Dickenson University in Teaneck, NJ in 2003 and a Certificate in Foreign Studies from Farleigh Dickenson University while studying in Wroxton, England in 2002.
Chief Necelis is a 2006 graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates and the County Prosecutor's Chiefs Association.