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That same year, the Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark, appointed Sheriff Fontoura to serve as a board member of the Northern New Jersey Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force.
In 2007, following the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech University, acting Governor Richard Codey appointed the Sheriff to the New Jersey Campus Security Task Force.
A frequent newsmaker and guest expert on network and nationally syndicated television news and public affairs programs, Sheriff Fontoura has appeared on NBC’s “Dateline,” ABC’s “Prime Time” and CBS’s “48 Hours” and “Eye on America.” He has analyzed and commented on topics ranging from terrorist bombings and the ban on assault weapons to gang violence and emergency management.
Sheriff Fontoura devotes considerable time and energy to many civic and charitable causes. As a member of the Greater Newark Fresh Air Fund’s Board of Directors, he is a prime organizer for their Summer Camp program which enables economically disadvantaged youth to experience the wonders of nature. During the past quarter century, he has raised more than $400,000 in charitable contributions for the Fund’s Summer Camp program.
Sheriff Fontoura is also a member of the Board of Directors or on the Advisory Board of various prominent charitable organizations including the United Way, the Salvation Army, the Star-Ledger Christmas Fund, the 200 Club of Essex County, the Ironbound Boys’ and Girls’ Club and the Public Employees Charitable Campaign. His annual Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Homeless donates bulk foodstuffs to scores of local social service pantries and his Holiday Toy Drive for Needy Families donates gifts to thousands of children. Sheriff Fontoura is also a Governor for the Cathedral Health Care System.
Sheriff Fontoura has previously served as Vice Chairman of the Newark Human Rights Commission and as Vice Chairman of the Newark Collaboration Group. He has also served as Vice President of the Essex County Mental Health Association where he continues to be a member of the organization’s Board of Advisors, and he is a Lay Trustee for Our Lady of Fatima Church in Newark.
Throughout his distinguished law enforcement career, Sheriff Fontoura has been the recipient of many professional and civic awards. These honors include his selection by NBC as the metropolitan area’s “Good Cop,” UNICO’s “Man of the Year,” the Newark Jaycees’ “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year,” the Boy Scouts’ “Good Scout” award, the Star-Ledger’s “Jersey Man of the Year,” and the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund’s “Award of Excellence.”
Before he began his career in law enforcement, Sheriff Fontoura worked as a teacher in the Newark public school system after earning his bachelor’s degree in education at Newark State Teacher’s College, now Kean University.
A resident of Fairfield, Sheriff Fontoura and his wife, Mary, are the proud parents of three daughters and have been blessed with five grandchildren.