HUDSON COUNTY – Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise recognize, applaud and commend Hudson County Engineer, Demetrio Alexander Arencibia, and Hudson County Department of Corrections Director, Oscar Aviles, for 26 years of dedicated service to the people of Hudson County.
On July 17, 1989, Oscar Aviles began his career with Hudson County as a Corrections Officer under the former Department of Public Safety at the Pavonia Jail.
Over the next 26 years, Oscar Aviles earned the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Warden, and in 2004, was named the Director of the Hudson County Department of Corrections.
Oscar Aviles was instrumental in the expanding and evolving the field of correction based substance abuse treatment programs, and on a national level, has placed Hudson County in the forefront as a leader under the Federal Second Chance Act which is aimed at improving the outcomes for people leaving incarceration.
Under his stewardship Oscar Aviles instituted an unprecedented certified treatment program within the Department of Corrections which is the only such program in the state, and one of the very few in the country to provide such a level of care.
Oscar Aviles continued to pursue his education in the field of corrections and has earned certifications as a New Jersey Public Manager; a Jail Manager by the American Correctional Associates and a Correctional Health Professional by the National Commission on Correctional Health.
He has earned membership in and peer recognition by the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare, Board of Directors, American Jail Association, Board of Directors, New Jersey Chapter of the American Correctional Association, Board of Directors, New Jersey County Jail Wardens Association, Past President, Executive Board 2007 to present, National Institute of Corrections Large Jail Network, Member, New Jersey Police Training Commission, Commissioner.
Throughout his tenure with Hudson County, Oscar Aviles, has demonstrated an unyielding sense of service to its people and their safety, and has ushered the science of corrections forward to modern unprecedented and productive thresholds.
Chairman E. Junior Maldonado along with the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise congratulate Oscar Aviles upon his retirement, and extends best wishes to him and his lovely wife of 25 years Lisa, their daughters Rebecca, Jessica, Olivia and grandchild Jaiden. On behalf of the people of Hudson County we offer our sincere thanks.
Demetrio Arencibia, the Hudson County Engineer, has announced his retirement after a distinguished 26-year career with the County of Hudson. He is a dedicated public servant whose integrity, professionalism and commitment to the residents of Hudson County have contributed enormously to the success of County government.
Demetrio Alexander Arencibia was born to Demetrio, now deceased, and Marta Arencibia, now residing in Sarasota, Florida; he has one brother, David, sister-in-law and nephew of Tampa Florida, and has been married to his wife Paula for over 20 years. They have one son, Andy, who attends Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and is on the school’s track team.
Demetrio Arencibia graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a minor in Architecture in 1982. He is a recipient of the Fred Teiger Memorial Scholarship for Art and Design. While at NJIT he undertook graduate studies in Computer Science and was actively involved in Chi Epsilon and ASCE. Demetrio has also attended Classical Guitar Workshops at the University of Cincinnati and is proficient in playing guitar.
In 1989, Demetrio Arencibia began his career with Hudson County as Assistant County Engineer on January 23, 1989. He previously worked at Travers Associates Consultants.
He was appointed the Hudson County Engineer on April 1, 2011. He has administered countywide planning, design, construction, and maintenance programs for Hudson County’s roads, bridges, facilities, highways, parks and traffic signals. Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in obtaining Local Aid, NJTPA, State DOT and Federal funding for the County to be able to continue to improve, repair and replace its road and bridge infrastructure.
During his outstanding career with the County of Hudson, Demetrio Arencibia spearheaded the replacement of the 14th Street Viaduct in Hoboken, a $54 million dollar replacement of a vital transportation connection that is the most expensive local roads project in Hudson County history. He has also improved pedestrian safety with the design and construction of pedestrian bridges over JFK Boulevard at 32nd Street and 49th Street and the Saint Peter’s College Pedestrian Bridge. He also implemented repairs and replacements of other County bridges including the rehabilitation of the Park Avenue Viaduct Bridge, reconstruction of Single Span Arch over Davis Avenue, Harrison, rehabilitation of Three Span Arch Bridge, West Hudson Park, Harrison, and rehabilitation of JFK Boulevard East Concrete Arch at 76th Street, North Bergen.
During his tenure with the Division of Engineering, Demetrio Arencibia has enhanced, improved, resurfaced and paved all 60 miles of County roads, He improved or replaced approximately 300 traffic signal devices, and supervised the installation of multiple bus stops and shelters throughout the County road system as well as the installation of bike lanes and athletic facilities throughout the County Park System.
Throughout his career, Demetrio Arencibia has served diligently and professionally as a member of the Hudson County Planning Board and as Board Secretary of the Hudson County Construction Board of Appeals. He has been a member and advisor to the New Jersey Association of County Engineers, a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers and became a Fellow of that Institute on October 30, 2006.
Demetrio Arencibia’s skills and professionalism served Hudson County well during Hurricane Irene and Super Storm Sandy when he expedited vital emergency repairs to Hudson County infrastructure, including the joint bridges over the Passaic River, emergency repairs to County roads, and during other emergency events such as the collapse of Sinatra Drive in Hoboken and the embankment collapse on Paterson Plank Road in North Bergen.
Chairman E. Junior Maldonado along with the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders and Hudson County Executive Thomas DeGise congratulate Demetrio Alexander Arencibia upon his retirement, and extends its highest commendations, appreciation for his tireless dedication to the people of Hudson County.
They also extend their best wishes to him for continued health, happiness and enjoyment in the years to come.