John Carmine Cinicola, 55, a Democratic Party activist and former special assistant to Prince George's County Sheriff James V. Aluisi, died of cancer June 19 at Georgetown University Hospital.

Mr. Cinicola, a former Prince George's County police officer, joined the sheriff's department in 1985, and subsequently was a liaison and spokesman. He retired in 1996 for health reasons.

In addition to his work with the sheriff's office, he was an auctioneer and owner and operator of his company, J.C. Cinicola Auctioneers.

He also had been active in political, civic and business organizations. He was president of the 14th District Democratic Club and the Sasscer Democratic Club and vice president of the Prince George's County Council Democratic Club.

He was a member of the Ploughman and Fisherman Democratic Club, the Bowie and Marlborough Democratic clubs and the Prince George's County Democratic Central Committee.

He served as director of the Bowie Jaycees and president of the Bowie Kiwanis. He was a member of the Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce, the Prince George's County Public Relations Association, the Prince George's County Police Advisory Board and the Fraternal Order of Police.

A Waldorf resident, he was born in New York City and raised in the Baltimore and Washington area. He was a graduate of Coolidge High School in Washington and Alvernia College in Reading, Pa.

His marriages to Geraldine Sanford, Donna Foote and Marilyn Derry ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Laura Marie Cinicola of Waldorf; a daughter from his first marriage; four sisters; his parents; and three grandchildren.