Director Quovella M. Maeweather presently serves as the first Public Safety Director of the Franklin Township Police Department, in the Township of Franklin (Somerset), New Jersey. She manages a department of approximately 140 law enforcement and civilian personnel.
Director Maeweather is a lifelong resident of New Jersey and recently retired from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office in Newark, New Jersey as the first Black female Chief of Detectives. In addition prior to that, she broke the glass ceiling by achieving the rank as the first female Captain and first female Deputy Chief. She is a graduate of New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) graduating with an Engineering Degree; and she obtained a master’s degree from Seton Hall University majoring in Human Resources Training and Development. She has served over thirty years in government and law enforcement. During her tenure in the Prosecutor’s Office, she has commanded and served in multiple units, including Internal Affairs, Financial Crimes, Corruption, Bias Crimes, Homicide Unit, Training, Human Resources to name a few.
Director Maeweather is an adjunct instructor at Rutgers University (Newark) School of Criminal Justice & Monmouth University and a Certified Subject Matter Expert in Use of Force, De-escalation, Community Engagement, Investigations, Security Officer Instruction, Human Resources, Training and other law enforcement, education and leadership matters. She presently serves as the Executive Vice President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives of the New Jersey Chapter and the NOBLE National Financial Secretary since 2021.
Additionally, she is a mother of two children, ages 17 and 20. As a tireless public servant and a trailblazer, Director Maeweather has served her community in a variety of capacities. She continues to smash those glass ceilings while leading the way to reforming law enforcement.