Prosecutor Knapp Announces Promotions

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Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson Jr., Prosecutor Fredric Knapp, and Deputy Chief of Investigations Steven Murzenski

PARSIPPANY — Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces the promotions of Chief of Investigations and Deputy Chief of Investigations for the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. Deputy Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson, Jr. will be promoted to the rank of Chief of Investigations, and Captain Steven Murzenski will be promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief of Investigations. The individuals were selected for promotion as the result of the retirement of Chief of Investigations John R. Speirs, effective May 1.

Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson Jr. started his law enforcement career when he joined the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office in 1995, where he worked as a Corrections Officer. Chief Wilson was then promoted to Detective in 1997 and was assigned to the Bureau of Criminal Identification.Prosecutor Knapp thanks Chief Speirs’ for his service to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and states, “Although Chief Speirs will be missed, Chief Wilson and Deputy Chief Murzenski are outstanding law enforcement professionals who will lead the investigative staff of the Prosecutor’s Office. I look forward to continue working with them in addressing criminal investigations and prosecutions in Morris County.”

In 1999, Chief Wilson became a Detective with the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office, where he primarily worked major crimes and sex crimes cases. Chief Wilson has been a dedicated member of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office since 2000, when he joined as a Detective in the General Investigations Unit and the Domestic Violence Unit.

In 2003, Chief Wilson was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and continued as the supervisor in the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, and later as the Sergeant of the Major Crimes Unit. In May of 2008, Chief Wilson was promoted to Lieutenant and commanded the Major Crimes, Arson/Environmental Crimes, Homeland Security, Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment, and Megan’s Law Units.

Chief Wilson remained a Lieutenant until July of 2014, when he was promoted to Tactical Operations Captain. Chief Wilson served as the Deputy Chief of Investigations for the past 14 months under Chief Speirs, during which time he was responsible for the command of all of the investigative units.

Throughout his career, Chief Wilson has been recognized by multiple agencies for his investigative work involving numerous homicide and sex crimes investigations. He was also a squad leader with the Rapid Deployment Team assigned to the 2005 Presidential Inauguration Security Detail in Washington D.C., as well as having provided relief efforts at Ground Zero on 9/11.

Chief of Investigations Stephen F. Wilson Jr. and Former Chief of Investigations John Speirs

In 2002, Deputy Chief Murzenski joined the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, with an original assignment to the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit.  He also was assigned to the  Fraud and Professional Standards Units in the ensuing years.Deputy Chief Steven Murzenski began his career in law enforcement in 1993 as a patrol officer in the Demarest Police Department, during which he received awards for Life Saving, Apprehension, and Excellent Police Duty. Following his time with the Demarest Police Department, Deputy Chief Murzenski was hired as a Special Agent for the United States Secret Service in May of 2000.

Deputy Chief Murzenski was promoted to Sergeant in October of 2013 and to Lieutenant in February of 2015, during which time he supervised the Professional Standards, Financial Crimes, Insurance Fraud, Bias Crime, and C.A.R.E. Units. In 2016, Deputy Chief Murzenski was promoted to Captain of the Specialized Crimes Division, which encompasses the Professional Standards, Financial Crimes, Insurance Fraud, Bias Crimes, C.A.R.E., Arson/Environmental Crimes, Domestic Violence, Juvenile, and Missing Persons Units.

Deputy Chief of Investigations Steven Murzenski and Former Chief of Investigations John Speirs

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