Following military service, Neil returned to college, receiving
Bachelor and Master Degrees in Criminal Justice. In 1982,
Patriot Van Ess entered into law enforcement with the Totowa
Police Department. He advanced steadily until his promotion
to Captain Patrol Commander in 2010, capping a
distinguished 30-year career.
Devoting himself to the community, he served on the Totowa
Board of Education from 1986 to 2005, including 12 years as
President of the Board, and served as Chairman of the
Governor’s Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse for 6 years.
Patriot Van Ness and his wife Louisa live in Totowa, New
Jersey. He is the proud father of two grown children.