When an incumbent announces he is leaving office before any ballots are cast there is always the worry the new person coming into the job will not be up to snuff.
That's not the case this year as Republican candidate for Morris County Sheriff James Gannon of Boonton should comfortably fill the shoes of outgoing Sheriff Edward Rochford, who is stepping down after 23 years.
Gannon faces a challenge from Democrat Mark Dombrowski of Mount Olive Township.
Gannon is the clear choice. His resume speaks volumes, both in the public and private sector. He began his law enforcement career as a Boonton police officer. Since that time, he served on the Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force from 2005 to 2007, was in the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office from 1986 to 2007, finishing his career there as Deputy Chief of Investigations.
Most recently he worked in the private sector as as global head of Security Risk at Novartis Pharmaceuticals in East Hanover where he worked from 2008 to 2015.
Gannon's focus has always been on the potential for terrorism to strike Morris County, a subject some might not have thought should be such a high priority - that is until an alleged bomb maker was arrested in Linden after he built bombs in Elizabeth, Seaside Heights and Manhattan.
Gannon's other concern is more traditional: to stamp out illegal drug use. But Gannon won't go it alone. In addition to working with traditional law enforcement agencies Gannon says he is committed to working with community groups.
The ability to think big while also keeping his finger on the pulse of the communities he would be overseeing helps make him an ideal candidate.
Vote for James Gannon.