CJ Cuticello has been a longtime supporter of law enforcement. Mr. Cuticello, a seven-year member of the Florida Sheriffs Association, was a special deputy in Connecticut for 25 years. He was also a member of the National Sheriffs Association and the New Haven County Sheriffs Association in Connecticut.
Mr. Cuticello formerly served as the tax collector in New Haven for 14 years. During his time there, he established a good relationship with the New Haven Sheriff’s Department, and he even had several deputy sheriffs who regularly assisted in executing the alien tax warrants he issued.
During his tenure as tax collector, Mr. Cuticello was credited with improving the collection rate from 80 percent to 98 percent. This was due in part to the implementation of a technology called Bootfinder, which Cuticello brought to the city at a time when only one other large municipality was utilizing it.
While seizing a vehicle, Mr. Cuticello had his foot run over by a motorist, and he said this experience reaffirmed his appreciation for law enforcement officers and all those who put their lives on the line every day to serve their communities.
“It’s not an easy job, and it really shows how dedicated people in law enforcement are,” Mr. Cuticello said. “When I was hit by a vehicle, it was an awakening. I truly began to realize how difficult it must be to get out there and do a job thinking that someday you may get hurt or you may not come home.”
Upon retirement, Mr. Cuticello and his wife, Debra, who retired from teaching after 30 years, relocated to Florida to be closer to his sister and brother. Though he fondly remembers his years serving as tax collector, Mr. Cuticello said he is happy to now be spending his leisure time with Debra enjoying the “sunshine, sand and surf” in Florida.