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Chief of Investigators


Quovella M. Spruill
Acting Chief of Investigators

Chief Quovella M. Spruill joined ECPO in 1998 and has held the positions of County Investigator, Lieutenant, Captain, and Deputy Chief. She has been assigned to various units including child abuse/sex crimes, homicide and internal affairs. She has supervised many other investigatory units within the office, on many occasions serving as Temporary Acting Chief during former Acting Chief Anthony F. Ambrose’s short-term absence.  Spruill was sworn to the position of Acting Chief on Monday, December 28, 2015.  She now manages more than 130 sworn officers and investigatory personnel, and is committed to continuing the progress and improvements made by her predecessor.

Chief Spruill began her public service with the City of Newark as a student assistant and rose to become a manager in the City’s Neighborhood Services before going to the Prosecutor’s Office. As a manager, she managed millions of dollars in City and grant funds, as well as a staff of 40 city employees.

She is a graduate of Saint Vincent Academy in Newark; earned a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology and a Master’s degree in Human Resources Training and Development from Seton Hall University. She has received recognition from the community, her peers and other law enforcement agencies within the State of New Jersey.

Chief Spruill is also married with two children, ages 11 and 13.

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