Only 17 security executives and industry leaders in America made the cut
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sheriff Jim Gannon
Morristown, September 7, 2018 – Morris County Sheriff Jim Gannon earned national recognition from Security magazine as one of 2018’s Most Influential People in Security, joining just 16 fellow top security executives and industry leaders in America who are positively impacting the security field, their organization, their peers, and the national and global security landscape.
“It is always humbling to be recognized by your peers and fellow professionals who understand the incredibly complex and sophisticated world of security in today’s day and age,” said Sheriff Gannon. “I have been incredibly blessed to work with so many elite men and women in law enforcement and corporate security over the years. They share this award with me. It’s a tough business made up of tough individuals. To be recognized in their company is a true honor.”
Prior to becoming Morris County Sheriff in January 2017, Gannon was the Global Head of Security Risk for Novartis following a decorated career in law enforcement. Sheriff Gannon served in the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Newark and investigated sensitive international terrorism and national security matters. He also worked in the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, climbing the ranks from Detective to Deputy Chief of Investigations, eventually starting the Morris County Cold Case Unit in 2003, co-authoring the “Morris County Counter-Terrorism Task Force Manual,” and leading a team of police officers into New York City to assist with the PENTTBOMB Investigation on 9/11.
Security magazine said the following about Sheriff Gannon and his fellow honorees: “These security leaders have been nominated by their colleagues and associates and were chosen based upon their leadership qualities and overall positive impact on stakeholders, enterprises, colleagues, constituents and the general public.”
Delighted to share this press release from Bob Hugin's Senatorial campaign!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Megan Piwowar
Sheriff Gannon, Hugin Address Opioid Crisis
ROCKAWAY, NJ — Morris County Sheriff James Gannon and U.S. Senate Candidate Bob Hugin met to discuss the opioid crisis crippling communities across New Jersey. Sheriff Gannon and Hugin also toured the mobile recovery access vehicle, known as HOPE ONE, which offers critical support for people struggling with addiction and strives to prevent drug overdoses and deaths.
“The opioid crisis has become personal for far too many New Jerseyans, but it’s organizations like CARES that are truly making a difference in our communities,” said Hugin. “Resources like HOPE ONE and leaders like Sheriff Gannon, are giving people struggling with drug addiction hope. I strongly support their efforts, but we can and must do more to continue reducing the stigma about the opioid crisis and to encourage people to seek the help they need. As Senator, I look forward to ensuring Washington is working in partnership with Trenton and our local communities to provide the resources and tools needed here in New Jersey to effectively address this crisis.”
The Sheriff’s Community Services Unit operates HOPE ONE in partnership with the Morris County Department of Human Services, the Mental Health Association of Morris County, and Morris County Prevention is Key’s Center for Addiction Recovery Education and Success (CARES). CARES works to engage and organize the recovery community by helping individuals find, maintain, and enhance their recovery experience through peer support, educational and volunteer opportunities, and sober recreation, as well as working to reduce the stigma associated with substance abuse through advocacy, education, and service.
“To effectively address and deal with the opioid crisis, we need to have the proper resources to ensure people dealing with drug addiction get the help they need. In addition to resources like HOPE ONE and organizations like CARES, the Federal Government and Trenton need to be partners in addressing this problem,” said Morris County Sheriff James Gannon. “As Senator, I know that Bob Hugin will be a leader in ensuring our local communities have an able and willing partner in Washington to continue combatting this crisis.
HOPE ONE travels twice a week to locations throughout Morris County, bringing services to people in need. A Sheriff’s officer, licensed clinician, and a certified peer recovery specialist — who understand the needs of those suffering with addiction — staff the vehicle.
Bob Hugin, a Marine Corps Veteran and business leader who has created thousands of New Jersey jobs, is running for U.S. Senate against incumbent Senator Bob Menendez. For more information visit bobhugin.com.
MORRISTOWN, N.J. – A local businessman and long-time member of the 200 Club of Morris County, a non-profit organization that supports area public safety personnel, has been elected president of the group.
Mount Olive resident William Lockwood, Marketing Executive with The Padded Wagon Moving and Storage, has been involved with the 200 Club for many years, most recently as senior vice president. He has been involved with many facets of the organization’s operations, including recruiting new members and increasing public awareness of the group. The 200 Club reported that its membership rolls exceeded 1,000 members for the first time in several years.
"It is a courageous individual that answers the call in the middle of the night to help someone in need. Whether it's a weekend, weekday or a holiday, our First Responders are there protecting our families every day of the year!" said Lockwood. “This organization pays tribute to them with our members support.”
He succeeds James Gannon, Morris County Sheriff, who is now the chairman of the board.
Other officers elected included Jim Rizzo, senior vice president; Lori Hager, senior vice president; Joe Marts, vice president; Robert D’Emidio, vice president; Damien Paumi, treasurer; John Corigliano, assistant treasurer; and Ronald Barnett, secretary.
Trustees include Chairman of the Board James Gannon, Susan Ceravolo, Joseph Jannarone, Jr., Peter Kenny, Todd Leonard, John Mania, Dennis Patrick, Janet Rapisardi, Michelle Slapa, and Frank Zupa.
Since its inception in 1971, the 200 Club of Morris County has distributed more than $4.5 million in benefits to police officers, firefighters and emergency medical services workers and their families. Benefits take the form of survivor benefits to the families who have lost a spouse who was a first-responder and scholarships that have been awarded to children of emergency workers in Morris County. The organization also recognizes the heroic actions of those who keep the public safe and secure.
Information about membership in the 200 Club and its various programs is available at www.200clubofmorriscounty.com or by calling 973-630-7933.
Table of Hope and the Spring Street Community Development Center of Morristown would like to bring awareness to their annual appeal for donations, volunteers, and needed items.
Here are ways you can assist and help from the flyer which you can download by clicking here.
From The Table of Hope and the Spring Street CDC
Ways to Give
•Call Mary Wortman at 973-998-9330 and schedule a time to volunteer- guaranteed to make you feel good and she gives great hugs!
•Write a check payable to Spring Street CDC and specify Table of Hope in the memo
•Give through PayPal @ www.springstreetcdc.org
•Payroll deduction through your employer
How You Can Help
Cash donations: With cash, we are able to purchase food and supplies and pay staff. We can buy food from the Food Bank of New Jersey at a cost that is much lower than the grocery store.
Volunteer: Our volunteers provide critical help – serving the meals, driving our van, making phone calls, general office work, small maintenance issues, and lots of other things! Email Teresa at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Host an Evening: Get together after work with your colleagues to serve a dinner to our guests! Our Host an Evening program provides a unique opportunity for your company to get involved while giving back to the community. Your donation of $1,000 covers the cost of opening the doors and serving all of our guests for that evening. You and your team will jump right in to get the meal on the table and you’ll see first-hand the difference your generosity makes.
Collect needed items: shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, coats, and blankets.
Leverage Your Donation: Many employers will match your donation – please check with your employer to obtain the proper forms to submit to leverage your gift.
Pledge Securities, Property, or thru Planned Giving: Remember us. If you are a supporter, please consider leaving a bequest for Spring Street CDC in your will.
PART OF MAJOR SHAKEUP OF GREYSTONE REVIEW BOARD BY GOV. CHRISTIE
Jan. 11, 2018
County of Morris
Official News Release
For Immediate Release
Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon has been appointed by Gov. Chris Christie to the Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital Board of Trustees, as part of a complete overhaul of the state hospital’s review board.
“I take this appointment very seriously and plan to work very hard on behalf of the patients from Morris County and across North Jersey who have ended up at Greystone due to severe mental illness,’’ said Sheriff Gannon.
“Those patients – who are our family members and friends and neighbors and co-workers -- count on the staff and administration of this hospital to provide the best care possible and in a most secure setting. I look forward to working with the other trustees to make sure they get the care they deserve.’’
Also appointed by the Governor to the Greystone Board of Trustees are:
- Michele Brown of Mendham, who was Gov. Christie’s Appointments Counsel and headed the state Economic Development Authority;
- Wayne Hasenbalg of Randolph, who is CEO of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and former Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. Christie;
- Morris Township Mayor Bruce Sisler;
- Attorney Louis Modugno, a partner in the McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter law firm;
- Jim DiGiulio of Chatham, who is Chief Counsel to Gov. Christie.
- Peter Simon of Jersey City; Chief of Staff to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Greystone, which is located in Parsippany, houses more than 500 patients in a relatively new state facility that replaced an ancient hospital campus that was constructed in the 1800s and early 1900s. There have been reports of complaints in recent months by mental health advocates and some board members about a lack of patient safety in the hospital.
Gov. Christie in December announced a contract with New Solutions, a health-consulting firm in New Brunswick, to perform an assessment of the situation at Greystone and all state psychiatric hospitals.
CONFERENCE FOCUSES ON FOSTERING TREATMENT AND RECOVERY FOR SUBSTANCE USE AND MENTAL ILLNESS
(l/r) County Human Services Director Jennifer Carpinteri, County Behavioral Health Services Director Laurie Becker, Dana Critchlaw, Sheriff James M. Gannon, Rosaelena Klingener, and Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo
Nov. 2, 2017
Official News Release
For Immediate Release
Three leaders of Morris County’s Stigma-Free Initiative, a countywide movement aimed at promoting treatment for mental illness and addiction to foster recovery, received the first Leadership in Action awards at yesterday’s Stigma-Free Conference held at the Morristown Medical Center.
Honored for promoting a non-judgmental approach to offering treatment, and providing real alternatives toward recovery, were:
- Dana Critchlaw, Jefferson Township—JT Connect
- Rosaelena Klingener—Prime Healthcare/Saint Clare’s
- James M. Gannon, Morris County Sheriff
They were honored at a conference sponsored by the Morris County Board of Freeholders and Atlantic Health System in collaboration with the Morris County Department of Human Services and the Stigma-Free Community.
Entitled “Removing the Stigma of Mental Illness and Addiction: Building Healthy Communities,’’ the purpose of the event was to bring the community together to help:
- Create a non-judgmental environment where individuals with mental illness and addictions feel supported by their community and neighbors
- Encourage people to seek treatment for these illnesses without fear of stigma
- Provide prevention, treatment, & recovery resource information
- Share ideas on stigma free activities — discuss successes and challenges
“We understand this Stigma-Free effort is not something the county Freeholder Board could just proclaim as a reality – issue a proclamation and it will go away,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Kathy DeFillippo. “We understand that Stigma-Free has to be more than just a slogan, that it has to become a fabric of live in our county community to have any real meaning., and to have a chance to succeed.’’
“Atlantic Health System is committed to building healthier communities, and that involves programs and partnerships outside of the walls of our hospitals,” said Trish O’Keefe, PhD, RN, president of Morristown Medical Center. “We aim to provide person-centered care that reflects the unique needs of each individual we're privileged to serve. Through our ongoing partnerships with Morris County organizations, we're able to ensure that both medical and psychosocial needs are met.”
Guest speakers at the conference provided, who spoke of the importance of a Stigma-Free approach, included: Bob Davison, CEO of the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris; Pamela Garanger of the National Alliance on Mentally Illness; Melissa Kiritsis of Jefferson’s JT Connect; and James M. Gannon, Morris County Sheriff.
Rosaelena Klingener: A registered nurse, licensed social worker and nationally certified mental health first aid instructor, Rosaelena has worked for more than 25 year in the mental health field at Saint Clare’s Hospital. She is an advocate who makes connections, starts conversations, and fosters change.
In June, Rosaelena received NAMI New Jersey’s Provider Recognition Award for her compassionate support of individuals and families affected by mental illness.
She has long been committed to raising awareness, educating the public and bridging the gaps that prevent communities from accessing needed mental health and substance abuse services and resources. She has worked to promote a culture of understanding in which individuals get support in their wellness and recovery journeys.
Dana Critchlaw: A life-long Jefferson resident, Dana has long been a dedicated local volunteer and is the current leader of Jefferson Township CONNECT.
After her cousin took his own life in 2012, she began to reach out to people who were suffering, working to remove barriers that prevented people, like her cousin, from speaking up about the hurt and pain that mental illness can cause. Her efforts received strong public support.
In May of 2017, she chaired an inaugural event, "Hike for Hope," partnering with the Mayor's Wellness campaign and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The event raised $3,400 for to help educational efforts by AFSP.
Dana describes these last five years as an opportunity to “discover light in a dark time.’’ She knows in her heart that her late cousin, Danny, is thankful that she has spoken up for those who cannot find the courage to speak for themselves.
Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon: The former Chief of Investigations at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Global Head of Security Risk at Novartis Pharmaceuticals took office in January. He promptly made combatting the opioid epidemic in Morris County a priority, launching three programs:
Hope One – A mobile outreach program with the Morris County Department of Human Services and the Center for Addiction Recovery Education and Success (CARES). The mobile unit provides critical support for individuals struggling with drug addiction. Life-saving Narcan training is available for persons living with addiction.
Hope Wing -The Hope Wing helps inmates address their addictions while incarcerated and serving their time through “New Direction” curriculum.
ID Program - The Sheriff’s Office and county Department of Human Services instituted an identification program for people ages of 18-54. Without ID, people cannot get blood work at a hospital, receive drug detox or treatment and cannot even obtain a library book.
Sheriff Gannon said he realizes the answer to the opioid epidemic lies in the private and public partnerships forged in Morris County.
To learn more about the Stigma-Free initiative, find resources, read the latest Stigma-Free news, and take a look at the a calendar of upcoming events related to mental illness and substance abuse, visit the Stigma Free website at:
A Stigma Free Toolkit also is available for towns and communities.
Stigma is defined as a mark of disgrace which results from the judgment by others. When an individual is labeled by their illness they experience judgment and prejudice. Stigma brings experiences and feelings of shame, embarrassment, distress, hopelessness and reluctance to seek or accept help.
Morristown, NJ, October 24, 2017 — The Board of Directors of the Spring Street Community Development Center announces the appointment of Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon as the newest member of the board.
Sheriff Gannon’s appointment expands the Board to nine directors. He will be a member of the Development and Governance Committees. The board is led by Chair, Rev. Sidney S. Williams, Jr., Pastor, Bethel Church of Morristown.
“Jim Gannon embodies the spirit of community and brings talent, expertise and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have him by our side as we continue to help strengthen the community in Morris County,” said Teresa E. Williams, Executive Director of the Spring Street Community Development Center.
Since 2011, the Spring Street Community Development Corporation has been helping diverse communities of people with limited resources strengthen their families and find shelter during times of crisis.
Services include academic enrichment and outreach programs for youth ages 10-14, mentoring and tutoring, parenting classes (SOAR), emergency referral services, substance abuse services, food pantry and community kitchen (Table of Hope). Annually, Spring Street CDC serves over 5,000 individuals.
Of those, 60 percent are refugees and/or immigrants. To learn more about the Spring Street CDC and its programs, visit www.springstreetcdc.org or like us on Facebook.
Sheriff Gannon grew up in Boonton and graduated from Our Lady of Mount Carmel elementary school and Boonton High School. He earned an Associate’s Degree in Law Enforcement from the County College of Morris, Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from William Paterson University, and a Master’s Degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Sheriff Gannon was a Patrolman in his hometown of Boonton, and Boonton Township, followed by more than two decades of service at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, where he attained the rank of Deputy Chief of Investigations. Sheriff Gannon also was assigned to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Upon retirement, he joined the private sector at Novartis Pharmaceuticals, where he retired as the Global Head of Security Risk.
In addition to his professional career in law enforcement and security, Gannon has given back to the surrounding communities in other ways, including as current President of the 200 Club of Morris County, Adjunct Professor at Centenary College, Life Member of the New Jersey State PBA 327, Cofounder of the Morris County Chapter of the Emerald Society of the State of New Jersey, and as a Drum Major in the Police Pipes & Drums of Morris County, to name a few.
Pastor Sidney Williams
JOINS WITH COUNTY HUMAN SERVICES TEAM IN PROVIDING ESSENTIAL DOCUMENTATION FOR NEEDY RESIDENTS
For Immediate Release
June 29, 2017
For information contact the Morris County Sheriff's Office
Morristown, NJ - County Sheriff James M. Gannon, in coordination with County Human Services Director Jennifer Carpinteri, has initiated a new Morris County Identification Card program for residents, from ages 18 to 54, who lack valid forms of ID needed to access essential medical, mental health, social services, and employment programs.
The Sheriff’s new free ID Program, to start the week of June 26, will operate as a walk-in service on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Sheriff’s Office at the Morris County Courthouse in Morristown.
County residents, from 18 to 54, also can call 973-285-6600 to make an appointment to get a county ID card. In addition, the Sheriff’s Hope One program, which interfaces with needy and struggling persons, will help connect residents with the new ID card offering.
“We want to help our county residents in the at-risk community, who may have few resources and not much of a support system, get the services they need to make them whole or get them on the road to recovery,’’ said Sheriff Gannon. “Making sure they have valid identification can make all of the difference in the world to our county residents.’’
The county Department of Human Services, through recent discussions with program personnel and clients, found an identification system void for homeless residents and many other persons (in the ages 18 to 54 range) who do not have a valid drivers’ license or some other form of required identification.
Carpinteri’s Human Services team, in searching for a way to assist these county residents, approached the Sheriff’s Office.
“Fortunately, Sheriff Gannon recognized the value of this critical need and with his typical solution-based approach, volunteered to partner with the Department of Human Services to offer county identifications to residents who require them,’’ said Morris County Administrator John Bonanni.
A lack of proper identification can make it difficult for some county residents to obtain needed medical services and psychiatric services, and to participate in alcohol detoxification services or intensive outpatient counseling programs. A lack of valid identification also causes problems for residents seeking housing, temporary assistance benefits, and employment.
It has even prevented persons seeking help through Hope One from getting into treatment programs.
“We needed to take a sophisticated approach to this dilemma, to help find a way to ensure our special needs population has identification needed to open doors to the many services available to our residents here in Morris County,’’ said Human Services Director Jennifer Carpinteri. “We had to find a partner to fill the gap created by the lack of identification and Sheriff Gannon stepped right in to help.’’
To make an appointment for an ID card or learn more about the program, call 973.285-6600 or visit: https://sheriff.morriscountynj.gov/community/
To learn more about Hope One, visit: https://sheriff.morriscountynj.gov/community/hope-one/
To learn about the county’s full range of social services, visit: https://hs.morriscountynj.gov/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 31, 2017
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Sheriff James Gannon
The Morris County Sheriff's Office Community Services Unit, in partnership with the Morris County Department of Human Services, the Mental Health Association of Morris County, Morris County Prevention is Key and their Center for Addiction Recovery Education and Success (CARES), announces the launch of Hope One, which will take place on Monday, April 3" from 9am - 2pm at the Morristown Green. Hope One, a mobile recovery access Center, will travel to different locations throughout Morris County twice a week providing Critical support for those individuals who are struggling with addiction, with the goal of preventing drug overdoses and ultimately deaths in Morris County. The Hope One mobile recovery access center will be equipped with various resources and pre-established connections to critical services including treatment, recovery support, behavioral health and much more.
The addiction treatment and recovery specialists who will staff the Hope One mobile recovery access center will include a licensed clinician and a certified peer recovery specialist. These individuals understand the needs of those who suffer from addiction and they will be best equipped to deal one on one with members of our communities. Hope One staff will have pre-established services and available beds for potential clients. The team will be equipped to connect the client with the appropriate services and/or facility and arrange for immediate transportation.
Sheriff James M. Gannon stated, "This is about getting those struggling with addiction off the street, and immediately connected with services, with the goal of returning them to be productive members of society and drug free. What makes this program unique is that the Hope One mobile recovery access center services are client driven. We travel to the client; they do not come to us. In addition, we are removing many of the barriers, which often times prevent our people, as well as family members, the ability to get the necessary help and into rehab. It is all about Hope".
Hope One is being paid for by money seized from Morris County drug dealers through the Drug Forfeiture program. The number of opioid related deaths are up considerably this year as compared to this same time in 2016. In addition, during the first quarter of 2017, Naloxone (Narcan) was administered by the police in Morris County 45 times, compared to 122 times in the calendar year of 2016. CARES will be offering free Narcan kits and training to the public on the Hope One vehicle. "This is a problem that affects everyone. Although Narcan is a wonderful antidote, it only gives the client a 'second chance'. It is now up to the client to seek services for their addiction. The Hope One Team is prepared to walk with our clients into recovery," commented Sheriff James M. Gannon.
Another aspect to the program is acknowledging the direct connection between addiction and mental health. Hope One adopts the county's "stigma free" initiative. The Morris County Stigma Free Communities initiative is a countywide program, which aims to eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness and substance use disorders. The Morris County Sheriff's Office joins the Morris County Department of Human Services, as well as the Morris County Mental Health community, in its commitment to raising awareness of these illnesses by creating an environment where affected individuals are supported in their efforts to achieve wellness and recovery.
"Hope One is truly a unique partnership between law enforcement and the addiction and mental health communities in truly addressing the deadly problem of drug abuse in our community. We are looking forward to serving people where they are: on the streets, in shelters, in motels, and in other places where people are drinking and drugging. By engaging so many community stakeholders in this initiative, we truly believe we will save lives,” said Louis A. Schwarz, President and CEO of the Mental Health Association of Morris County,
Rockaway Borough Police Chief Doug Scheer said, "Times are changing in the world today and with many facing addiction issues we must rise to meet the challenges. We can argue that addicts commit crimes to support their habits and in the wake of doing so destroy lives in the process. Rockaway Borough experienced several overdose deaths in a short period of time, which rocked our small community. This was a revelation to our agency and the community as a whole. I had the honor to watch our community come together by supporting one another in their times of need. The Police cannot solely be looked at as an enforcement agency and change how we interact with those in need. I believe that if we can change the life of an addict then we can change the path of those they will come in contact with. To do nothing is easy, but to try your hardest and challenge yourself to be a better person each day may just help someone and that is an obligation we have. Hope One can bring about that change by meeting the problem head on from a different angle,”
Morris County Freeholder Doug Cabana said, "I am both extremely proud and equally excited of the Freeholder Board's commitment to the Hope One Mobile Outreach initiative. This unique program, inspired by Sheriff James M. Gannon, is a partnership between Morris County Law Enforcement, County and Municipal Governments, along with our dedicated community-based treatment providers, who will be working together to address the Opioid epidemic that continues to devastate our community,'
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said, "The cost in human lives has been devastating due to the ongoing heroin and opioid epidemic. The Morris County Prosecutor's Office has been at the forefront educating the public as well as employing traditional law enforcement efforts with our municipal, county, state and federal partners in battling this scourge. We must now, even more importantly focus our efforts on destigmatizing addiction and providing treatment for those plagued by this disease. The recovery coach program we are embarking upon is focused on that urgent need. The efforts of Sheriff Gannon are commendable in this unique approach battling addiction. We sincerely hope that this initiative will be a great Success."
Morris County Director of Human Services, Jennifer Carpinteri said, "This brand new approach delivers services in a unique way, blending law enforcement and social services to bring Hope into communities. The goal of the Hope One Mobile Outreach initiative is to engage with at risk individuals, meeting them where they are to offer linkage to services and treatment in an effort to combat the ever growing opiate and addiction epidemic."
Peer Recovery Specialist Alton Robinson said, "This is a win-win for all involved. Never in Morris County has there been such an innovative initiative to give individuals the opportunity to be heard and have access to services they otherwise would not have had. We are offering individuals HOPE!"
"By connecting with numerous resources, the Hope One mobile recovery access center will be available to the public to educate, refer people to treatment and empower our citizens to take control of their lives and return those addicted as productive members of society. Hope One welcomes anyone affected by addiction and behavioral health to look out for the truck. The folks requiring services will be brought to a treatment facility or program, and not jail. We're here for you," stated Sheriff James M. Gannon.
For further information on CARES, contact 973-625-1143 or facebook.com/caresnj.
New Sheriff says local jurisdictions that create safe havens for illegal immigrants make things more difficult for law enforcement officers
For Immediate Release
Contact: Sheriff Jim Gannon
Morristown, March 1, 2017 – In response to the growing debate in New Jersey and nationwide about so-called “Sanctuary Cities,” newly-minted Morris County Sheriff Jim Gannon urged all municipalities in his county to reject Sanctuary City designation and cited the difficulties it would create for law enforcement officers from his department and others.
“Morris County municipalities should not be publicly declaring themselves as a place where illegal immigrants can be guaranteed safe harbor from federal law enforcement officials – it’s just not right,” said Sheriff Gannon. “I started my career as a beat cop in Boonton, and can tell you that asking local law enforcement officers to effectively ignore federal law is problematic on a number of levels and creates confusion that could adversely impact public safety.”
Gannon also said a recent proposal in Trenton would be unfair to taxpayers.
“Moreover, recent legislation proposed by Democrats in Trenton that would seek to indemnify Sanctuary municipalities from loss of federal aid if they persist in disobeying the federal government defies all logic, and Governor Christie was right to threaten a veto if it ever reached his desk,” said Sheriff Gannon. “In addition to the public safety issues I mentioned earlier, this proposal would create an undue and unfair tax burden on the vast majority of residents in the vast majority of New Jersey towns that are following the law.”