Council at-Large Candidates
Hector M. Corchado served the City of Newark as an exemplary Law Enforcement official for twenty-five years. In 1988, he joined the Newark Police Department where he provided much needed assistance to Newark residents. Later, he served as a Detective in the Division of Community Affairs where he educated local community groups on gang prevention strategies. He received various citations and commendations as an Officer of the Newark Police Department. For two years he served as the President of the Hispanic Law Enforcement Society of Essex County. By the spring of 2002, Hector M. Corchado was promoted to the rank of Sergeant within the Newark Police Department. After serving for 25 years Hector retired from the Newark Police Department during the spring of 2013.
In 1999, Mayor Sharpe James appointed Hector M. Corchado as Deputy Mayor of the City of Newark. The excellent performance of his duties served as a catapult into his career as North Ward Councilman. In May of 2002, he was elected to the Newark Municipal Council representing the North Ward. He made history by becoming the first Latino elected to the North Ward Council seat. Councilman Corchado was elected on the first ballot with over 62% of the total vote.
During his tenure Councilman Corchado was able to realize many of his platform’s promises by developing numerous projects for the residents of the North Ward and the City as a whole. Among them was a major improvement makeover to a vital Business District in the ward, better known as the Mt. Prospect Avenue Streetscape Project. As Councilman, he was always taking extra interest in the Senior Citizens and children of the North Ward. Therefore, he was able to create Affordable Housing through Parkside Manor, a brand new facility for Senior Citizens older than 55 years old. He secured $12.5 million dollars and worked together with the Board of Education in order to redevelop School Stadium. He played a key role in establishing three new State-of-the-Art Schools, passed a Resolution in initiating the installation of a Surveillance Camera System for safer streets in the City of Newark and passed a resolution encouraging the Newark Board of Education’s administration to implement a Uniform Policy in all public schools, which led to a pilot program at First Avenue Elementary School. Councilman Corchado also served as a member of the Blue Panel Committee for the development of the Newark Prudential Arena, where he was instrumental in securing funding of $210 million dollars. In addition, Councilman Corchado organized many successful community events such as: (Concerts, Festivals, Holiday Tree Lightings, Toy Drives, Block Parties, Community Watch Groups, Neighborhood Clean-Ups, Disaster Relief Drives and Golf Outings).
In 2008, Mayor Cory A. Booker appointed Sgt. Corchado as the Manager of the City of Newark’s Taxicab Inspection Unit. As Sergeant of the Unit, Corchado was able to bring his previous legislative knowledge as a Councilman as well as incorporate his Law Enforcement background to organize and revamp the Unit’s licensing policies.
In 2013, Mayor Luis A. Quintana appointed Hector M. Corchado as the Deputy Police Director of the City of Newark. He worked closely with the Police Director in evaluating the effectiveness of various work programs and policies of numerous units within the Department. In addition, he oversaw the Office of Emergency Management, Homeland Security and the Division of Taxicabs.
Hector M. Corchado has led an outstanding career as a community activist having served as a member of the Board of Trustees of La Casa de Don Pedro as well as the Essex County Commission on Unity. He was a founder of Concerned Hispanics In Search of Progress and Advancement (CHISPA) and served as a Board Member of the Superior Officers Association.
Currently, Hector M. Corchado works as the NJ Director of Security for C+C Apartment Management LLC, a rental property management company that prides itself in a proactive approach to solving its residents’ concerns or situations. They manage several properties in New Jersey such as Georgia King Village Apartments in Newark and 50-55 South Essex Apartments in Orange. Here is where Hector has been able to use his immense law enforcement and legislative experience in ensuring that all residents have a great quality of life in a safe and secure community.
A resident of the City of Newark for over thirty years, Hector M. Corchado is a proud graduate of the Newark Public Schools System. In 2001 he earned an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice at Essex County College and was amongst the first thirty people to participate and complete the Leadership Newark Program. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies with a Concentration in Leadership Studies and Administration and a Masters of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University where he also is an adjunct professor. He is married to Lucesita Gonzalez-Corchado and has three children and two grandchildren.