James R. Spango for Mayor

Business Administrator & Deputy Chief. Dedicated Public Servant.
Effective Leader & Collaborator. Father.

My passion for Roseland is rooted in the Town’s extraordinary people and culture. 

Being a leader means different things to different people around the world, and different things in different situations. For example, it could relate to being a community leader, a political leader or religious leader, or a leader of campaigning groups. Leaders can come from so many different backgrounds or social classes and a leader can sprout up from any age. Yet, one thing most experts agree on is an effective leader is a person who does the following:

  • Creates a vision of the future.
  • Motivates and inspires people to engage with that vision.
  • Manages delivery of the vision.
  • Coaches and builds a team so that it is more effective at achieving the vision.

Throughout my life as a public servant, father, husband, and friend, I have strived to follow these steps to try and improve the lives of the people I come across. Providing an effective and achievable vision of success is something so incredibly important to me, and throughout my career I have learned an effective way to achieve this goal.  I hope that I will be able to deliver that effective and achievable vision of success to the people of Roseland.

I first gained a passion for inspiring and helping others as a business administration student at Seton Hall University, where I was regularly surrounded by people who possessed many admirable qualities that fit the definition required for being an effective leader.

After finishing up my B.A., I continued my studies at Seton Hall School of Law and immediately jumped into the world of public service. From 2002 till 2004, I worked with special needs children in the West Orange Board of Education and helped on numerous County, State, and Federal initiatives.

Additionally in 2005, I started my now 13+ years at the Essex County Sheriff’s Office where I serve as Deputy Chief and Business Administrator. During my time managing for the sheriff’s office, I’ve created and overseen an annual budget of over $44,000,000 that for 8 years remained flat and resulted in no tax increase to the residents of Essex County. I’ve supervised numerous departments from labor relations and billing to risk management and purchasing.  I have also served as the official liaison of the sheriff’s office to the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Gaining this knowledge of being a public servant in our great county, has allowed me to successfully learn what is required to communicate with people, work on a team, and build partnerships based around trust. Furthermore, I discovered valuable ways to become a highly successful manager who not only shows openness and honesty but also a willingness to collaborate with others.

My passion for Roseland is rooted in the town’s extraordinary people and culture. My wife Dawn and I chose to live in this great borough because we wanted our daughters Brooklyn and Madison (both age 9) to experience what it’s like to live in a place that truly is a byproduct of its incredible citizens. I know that the vision of success for the borough that we yearn for hasn't been a collaborative effort, but I can guarantee you that through my platform of accountability, affordability, and strong ethics we will truly get Roseland back on track and never look back.

I am James Spango, candidate for Mayor of Roseland, and that is why I am running.

No campaign can be successful without the support and help of our friends and residents who believe not only in us but in the power of building a better Roseland for all of our residents. 
You can support James by getting involved in or making any monetary contribution to his campaign.  

To get involved, please contact us at [email protected].

Any financial contribution is greatly appreciated.  To make monetary contribution, please make checks payable to James Spango for Mayor and mail them to

James Spango for Mayor
c/o James Spango
PO Box 464
Roseland, NJ 07068