Essex County Sheriff Swears in 24 New Officers, Promotes 9 to Sergeant









HAVERHILL, Mass. — Essex County Sheriff Kevin F. Coppinger swore in 24 new correctional officers and promoted nine officers to the rank of sergeant on Friday, Aug. 18, at a Basic Training Academy graduation at Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill campus.

The new officers recently completed a 10-week academy that included training in department protocols and procedures, as well as training in de-escalation, mental health, medical response, driving skills, and physical fitness. The training was done at the Essex County Sheriff’s Department Training Academy at Northern Essex Community College. The academy utilizes a mock housing unit and cells to provide scenario-based training to prepare officers for their work in corrections.

“We are very proud of these new officers for their willingness to serve in corrections, an undervalued and underappreciated arm of law enforcement. These men and women understand the job is not about punishment — it’s about helping justice-involved people find solutions and skills to help them succeed upon release,” Sheriff Coppinger said. “We welcome these new officers and are proud of them for completing this very difficult training.”

The new officers are:

Andrew Blacker

Jean Fleurimond

Kayli Kotchian

Austin Parrotta

Aaron Blaisdell

Alex Garcia

Kelly Lycett

Reginald Pierre

Daniel Coulter

Hayden Hamilton

Colin McMahon

Louis-man Rezan

Elijah Day

Christian Hennigar

Ryan Muniz

Dario Sakaj

James DeGloria

Siji Idris

Jaden Nigro

Sean Smerczynski

Carlos Doubleday

Jager Ingham

Abel Nunez

Brian Wilson

During the ceremony, Sheriff Coppinger also promoted nine officers to the rank of sergeant. He congratulates:

Sgt. George Arauz

Sgt. Sean Godding

Sgt. Isaac Mercer

Sgt. Meghan Coakley

Sgt. Brett Graham

Sgt. Anton Trubitsyn

Sgt. Mark Duquette

Sgt. Eric Hefner

Sgt. Daniel Tsoutsouris



Also promoted during the ceremony were: Jennifer Murphy to Assistant Superintendent of Women in Transition; Dimitri Flessas to Classification Caseworker; and Ivett LaFave to STAR Navigator.

The Essex County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to hire officers. Applicants must be 19 by the time they start the Basic Training Academy. The Sheriff’s Department offers paid training, a $2,500 sign-on bonus, and up to $68,000 a year to start. For more information on all the great benefits or how to apply, please visit