Supervised corruption and major fraud investigations
Currently small business owner in security field for ten years
Graduated William Paterson University
Certified Fraud Examiner
Ed’s career in public service and law enforcement was inspired by the role models in his family who served as law enforcement officers, educators and other public service positions throughout the State. Ed has numerous relatives who worked in law enforcement for the New Jersey State Police, Hoboken Police, Jersey City Police, Port Authority of NY/NJ Police, State Parole, Prosecutor Offices and U.S. Federal Probation.
Many of Ed’s relatives were teachers or are currently working for boards of education in counties of Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Hudson, Monmouth and Ocean.
Ed’s primary role model for entering a life of public service was his father, Dr. Dennis J. Buttimore, who worked 44 years for the State of New Jersey and served with the Department of Human Services for 26 years as Superintendent of the North Jersey Training School in Totowa, a state institution for the developmentally disabled. During World War II Dr. Buttimore was a criminal investigator with the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division in Europe.
Ed began his career in law enforcement after graduating from William Paterson University with a B.S. degree in Administration of Criminal Justice. He was selected to be a Criminal Investigator with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office in Paterson, N.J. After graduating the police academy Ed was assigned to a fugitive warrant unit and later assigned to the narcotics and organized crime unit where he participated in undercover investigations. Ed also served in the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in the same capacity as a Criminal County Investigator.
After six years in Prosecutors Offices Ed moved on to the New Jersey State Attorney General’s Office, Division of Criminal Justice, where he was appointed a State Criminal Investigator. Over a twenty year career with the State Attorney General’s Office Ed conducted and directed investigations into corruption of both appointed and elected officials, insurance fraud, major fraud, narcotics and traditional and non-traditional organized crime. Ed was promoted to Supervising State Investigator and subsequently Administrator of Criminal Investigations.
Ed was also responsible for designing and supervising elaborate long term undercover operations to root out DMV fraud, health care fraud and corruption of public officials. Some of the complex major fraud cases Ed investigated where the State of New Jersey was the victim, such as State universities and New Jersey Transit, resulted in restitution orders in the millions of dollars to the State.
Ed became a Certified Public Manager (CPM) through graduate courses from Fairleigh Dickinson University in co-operation with the N.J. Department of Personnel. He is also a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and maintains his credentials annually with the required continuing professional education credits.
After a 25 year law enforcement career Ed began work in the private sector and entered the field of private investigations and security as an owner/operator of his own small business. His work included confidential investigations for national banks and other lenders and later armed-security protection for professional athletes with the NFL and NBA. Ed also served as the Director of Security for a non-public school with over 1,000 students on three campuses. Ed is currently the founder and owner of a small business that develops safety and security equipment for schools nationwide.
Ed has been a small business owner for over thirty years. Ed and his wife Elaine have four children and made the decision after their first child was born that Elaine would give up work, as a Child Placement Investigator for Family Court in Passaic County, to focus on being a full-time mother. This required Ed to work two jobs throughout most of his law enforcement career to make ends meet for a family of six. For nearly twenty years Ed owned and worked a part-time construction business and for the last ten years has owned his own private investigations/security business.
With all four of their children active in sports Ed also made time to coach both boys and girls basketball in grades 3-8 in the municipal recreation department programs for ten years and help out the junior football program where needed. He also introduced and expanded youth athletic programs for both boys and girls that interacted with the NFL and NBA.
With their four children now grown, Ed and Elaine’s children have followed in the family tradition of public service with both daughters and one son working in New Jersey public schools. Elaine has also returned to work at a New Jersey public school.
Ed grew up in Totowa in Passaic County. Ed and Elaine raised their four children in Cedar Grove in Essex County. Both Totowa and Cedar Grove are towns in the 40th Legislative District where Ed has lived for over 50 years.