Mario Recinos, a dedicated civil servant with over 34 years in law enforcement, began his his professional career within the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office in the spring of 1980 as a Correction Officer in the Passaic County Jail. After only a few years into his career, Mario Recinos was promoted to Sergeant where he managed the security, custody and control of inmates.
In 2002, Mario Recinos was promoted to Lieutenant. He was the Administrative Liaison responsible for Security Operations. During his tenure as a Lieutenant, Mario Recinos also served within the Gang Unit Task Force where he oversaw all procedures for the identification of gang members and ensuring the security of witnesses, confidential informants and confidential information.
Throughout the years, Mario Recinos has received numerous awards, citations and recognitions, including citations from the FBI, the DEA, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, the Hispanic Law Enforcement Association as well as a Presidential Group Recognition. He is a proud member and past president of the Simon Bolivar Lions Club.
Mario Recinos has a background in Criminal Justice and Psychology from the Passaic County Community College. He completed the Basic Course for Police Officers and the Basic Course for County Corrections Officers at the Passaic County Police Academy and has also completed countless hours of training in various law enforcement academies as well as the DEA Training Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
From 2003 through 2011, Mario Recinos was assigned to the DEA Task Force and worked both in an undercover capacity as well as a supervisor conducting high profile drug trafficking investigations, domestically and internationally.
Mario Recinos was promoted to the Director of the Bureau of Narcotics in 2011 and then to Undersheriff in 2014. In December of 2020, Mario Recinos was promoted to Warden of the Passaic County Jail. Mario Recinos’ greatest accomplishment in life has always been his beloved family, which includes a marriage of over 25 years to his wife Larraine Recinos, and his two children.