Morris NewsBee Editorial: Gannon For Morris County Sheriff

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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.  

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Republican Jim Gannon Commends Linden City Police Officers for their Heroism

Morris County Sheriff hopeful doubles down on campaign pledge to strengthen Morris County’s terrorism preparedness if elected


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Contact: Jim Gannon (973)588-5089

"We live in extraordinarily dangerous times, where even places like Morris County can become a target for violent crime and acts of terrorism.  I am confident that my 33-plus years of law enforcement and security experience will bring a modern, professional and fiscally responsible approach to the Morris County Sheriff's Office.”  – Sheriff Candidate Jim Gannon during the Republican Primary

Boonton, September 23, 2016 – Republican candidate for Morris County Sheriff released the following statement today in the wake of the apprehension of terror suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami by Linden City Police Officers earlier this week.

“At the outset of my campaign for Sheriff back in early February, I pointed to the need for the next Sheriff to have the ability to work closely with federal, state and local law enforcement, and to possess the experience required to bring a new level of vigilance to the Morris County Sheriff’s Office,” said Gannon.  “Terrorism is not just a federal problem for federal law enforcement to deal with; that was proven again this past week.”

“I commend the brave Linden police officers who apprehended an armed and dangerous terror suspect in their city, and who demonstrated the life and death realities faced by local officers every day,” added Gannon, who also commended members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, NYPD, Ocean & Union County authorities and all first responders and emergency management personnel in Morris County and around the country.  “If I am fortunate enough to win in November and take the oath of office next January, I will deliver on my campaign pledge to strengthen the county’s preparedness to deal with Islamic radicals, whether homegrown or entering the country from outside, who seek to do us harm.”

As a law enforcement professional with over three decades of experience ranging from a local beat cop in Boonton and Boonton Township, to Deputy Chief of Investigations at the Morris County Prosecutor's Office, to a member of the FBI's elite Joint Terrorism Task Force, to the Global Head of Security Risk at a Fortune 500 company like Novartis, Jim Gannon is uniquely qualified to confront the current challenges facing law enforcement and to keep Morris County’s families safe.


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Heartwarming Words from a Former Associate

Dear Morris County Residents,

As a born and raised Morris County native, and someone who still deeply cares about one of the finest Counties in our Great Nation, I write to encourage all voters regardless of political affiliation to support Jim Gannon as the next Morris County Sheriff.

Unfortunately, I am unable to vote for Jim because my continued law enforcement career required me to move out of state. I have not seen or spoken to Jim for several years, but when I read in the Daily Record that he was running for Sheriff, I was deeply pleased for him, the Sheriff Department employees, and the citizens of Morris County.

I met Jim professionally while he was with the Morris County Prosecutors Office and I was a federal criminal Investigator of an agency that has a large presence in the County and NJ. Upon our immediate introduction, Jim was not only an incredibly honorable man, but also a knowledgeable law enforcement professional.

Jim and I had many opportunities to work together on law enforcement, national security, and other matters on behalf of Morris County and New Jersey. Jim was always tasked with the most difficult of duties on behalf of the County. If anyone knows or has worked alongside Jim, we all know why – he has the heart and knowledge to work tirelessly to find the very best ethical path forward. His management skills are of the highest caliber.

A chance to have Jim return to Morris County as an executive leader is an undeniable win for everyone who cares about Morris County excellence and fiscal responsibility. It truly is what we all should expect of an elected official and Jim will exceed that ethical excellence.

I absolutely and unequivocally support Jim, not merely because he is a genuinely nice person and executive law enforcement leader; it is about the very best choice for Morris County.

Please support Jim – don’t let this nice guy and Morris County finish last. Vote Jim Gannon for Sheriff of Morris County!

Respectfully Yours,

Jerry Webber

Vermont, New Hampshire, and Florida

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Gannon Outlines Comprehensive Three-Step Approach Combatting Heroin, Drug Abuse & Addiction

Says opponents’ “hotlines and committees” approach is typical political rhetoric


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Contact: Jim Gannon (973)588-5089

Boonton, May 24, 2016 – It’s time to move beyond rhetoric and political talking points and implement a comprehensive approach to address heroin and drug abuse issues impacting Morris County and every community in America, said Republican Sheriff’s candidate Jim Gannon today.

Gannon, who identified combatting heroin and illegal drugs, along with confronting the threat of terrorism and protecting seniors from consumer fraud, as part of his three- point campaign platform during his February 8th campaign kick-off announcement, today outlined specific details for his anti-drug, anti-addiction proposal. 

“Heroin abuse, illegal drugs and addiction are a scourge on our communities that requires a comprehensive response, not vapid political rhetoric about ‘hotlines and committees’ that my opponent has naively put forth,” said Gannon, referring to John Sierchio’s oft-repeated talking points on the heroin issue.  “Hotlines and committees make for good sound bites, but they don’t qualify as a plan and will not solve the problem.  My comprehensive three-point approach will not delegate the problem to a hotline, but rather actively engage the Sheriff’s Office as part of the multidisciplinary approach that is necessary to eradicate these drugs from Morris County. My focus will be on education, enforcement and treatment to confront this crisis. No one person, or agency will solve this problem alone.”


The Gannon Three-Point Plan to Combat Heroin, Illegal Drugs and Addiction 


PARTNER with health professionals, social service and faith-based organizations, and law enforcement already fighting this battle, and promote positive choices and drug resistance education as early as the third grade. 

FOCUS on helping the user and their family break the cycle of abuse and assist recovering users in their return to productive lives. 



ENSURE the effective deployment of existing resources to combat the heroin problem, head on. 

REDIRECT current manpower in the Sheriff’s Office to work directly with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the DEA to target the “For-Profit” heroin dealers. 



PUSH for in-home nasal naloxone (NARCAN) deployment recognizing that families and loved ones are often the first responders to an overdose. 

TEAM up with families, recovery coaches, substance abuse professionals and treatment facilities to save lives. 


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Assemblywoman DeCroce Endorses Gannon for Sheriff in Morris County

Another Morris County Republican Leader added to Gannon Endorsement List

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Contact: Jim Gannon (973)-588-5089

Boonton, May, 21, 2016 - Assemblywoman BettyLou DeCroce (R-LD26) is endorsing Jim Gannon for Sheriff in the upcoming June 7th, Morris County Republican Primary Election. DeCroce said Gannon, a former member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, who started his career as a Patrolman in Boonton and Boonton Township, has the temperament and experience to make an outstanding Sheriff. “I believe Jim Gannon has all the skills necessary to run the Sheriff’s Office with a high degree of professionalism and to ensure that the office remains a valuable public safety asset to the citizens of Morris County,” said DeCroce.

“We live in a dangerous world and we need a county sheriff who understands how to deploy assets effectively and how to work with other law enforcement agencies to protect the public,” added DeCroce.

Assemblywoman DeCroce added, “Mr. Gannon will represent the Republican Party well in the November election. He’s a fiscal conservative who will get the most out of the county tax dollars allotted to his department.”

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Sierchio Doubles-Down on Clueless Assessment of Terrorism

Gannon calls opponents’ understanding of modern-day terrorism and ISIS “dangerously unsophisticated for someone running to be County Sheriff”


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Contact: Jim Gannon (973)588-5089

Boonton, May 4, 2016 – Just a week after Morris County Sheriff candidate John Sierchio awkwardly likened ISIS’s chance of attacking Morris County to “winning the lottery” at a Montville Republican Club debate, Sierchio doubled-down on his stunning ignorance regarding modern-day terrorism by saying that he “has a bridge to sell” anyone who believes “an ISIS tank is going to drive down Route 202” during the Morris Plains Candidate’s Night on Monday evening.  (Source:

In a recent story, Sierchio also dismissed the San Bernardino terrorists as simply “a husband and wife who decide[d] to go out there and cause harm.”  (Source:

Gannon, who was a member of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, served as a Patrolman in Boonton and Boonton Township, Deputy Chief of Investigations at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and recently retired as the Global Head of Security Risk for Novartis, called Mr. Sierchio’s recent remarks “dangerously unsophisticated for someone running to be Morris County Sheriff.”

“With the growing strength and influence of ISIS, radical Islamic terrorism is evolving. The use of social media and the internet, along with anti-American speech by hateful clerics, is meant to radicalize individuals for Jihad against Americans,” said Gannon.  “Just because someone wasn’t trained overseas in some organized terrorist camp doesn’t mean they aren’t terrorists; and just because they can’t drive a tank down Route 202 doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take them seriously.  Frankly, Mr. Sierchio sounds as naïve as President Obama once sounded when he dismissed ISIS as ‘the jayvee team’ and proved to the world that he didn’t understand the threat that we were facing.”

“I will repeat what I said last week and what I have been telling voters during this campaign:  Morris County is a wonderful place to live – it’s where I was born and raised – but to pretend we are somehow immune to what’s happening in the rest of the world demonstrates a dangerous level of indifference on Mr. Sierchio’s part,” said Gannon.  “I honestly believe such a head-in-the-sand attitude towards the threat of terrorism is disqualifying for someone running to be Sheriff.”


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Sierchio’s Head-in-the-Sand Response to Terrorism Disqualifies Him in County Sheriff’s Race

Former FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Member Jim Gannon pledges the highest-level of preparedness possible to protect residents from terrorism


Contact: Jim Gannon (973)588-5089

Boonton, April 26, 2016 – Republican Sheriff Candidate and former FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force Member Jim Gannon said today that his opponent, John Sierchio, has his head-in-the-sand when it comes to very real threat from ISIS and the potential for a terrorist attack in Morris County.

Gannon was reacting to Sierchio’s stunningly out-of-touch statement at last night’s Montville Republican Club debate, where the Essex County political insider awkwardly likened ISIS’s chance of attacking Morris County to “winning the lottery.”

“Anyone running for Morris County Sheriff who is so flippant about the threat of terrorist attacks on our residents and our communities, frankly, isn’t qualified to be Sheriff,” said Gannon, who served as a Patrolman in Boonton and Boonton Township, as well as the Deputy Chief of Investigations at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and recently retired as the Global Head of Security Risk for Novartis.  “After watching with your own eyes what happened in San Bernardino, reading about the very serious and credible threats against shopping malls in Buffalo, New York last spring and the arrests in New Jersey of individuals who are supporting ISIS related activities, it astonishes me that Mr. Sierchio could be so dismissive of the intentions and capabilities of the radical Islamic extremists who want to do us harm.  His ignorance is frightening.”

Gannon, who led a detail of 30 Police Officers from the Morris County Prosecutor's Office and Morris County Sheriff’s Office to New York City in response to the 9/11 attacks, and was faced with the brutally difficult task of returning to Morris County the following day to work with the families of 64 residents who were killed, said the experience left an indelible mark on him.

“While Mr. Sierchio doesn’t think terrorism is a concern, I personally led a detail of Detectives from the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Homicide Unit and Morris County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Section to conduct a series of search warrants with the FBI of New Jersey locations relevant to the 9/11 investigation,” said Gannon.  “Morris County is a wonderful place to live – it’s where I was born and raised – but to pretend we are somehow immune to what’s happening in the rest of the world demonstrates a dangerous level of indifference on Mr. Sierchio’s part.”


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Gannon Eclipses 100 Endorsements from Morris Conservative & Republican Leaders

Opponent nearly shut out; Double-Dipping plans hamper campaign


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Contact: Jim Gannon (973) 588-5089

Boonton, April 5, 2016 - Career law enforcement and global security specialist Jim Gannon rolled out a new list of endorsements today, giving him the backing of more than 100 Conservative and Republican leaders throughout Morris County, and leaving his opponent nearly shut out from grassroots support.

Gannon's opponent, John Sierchio, has been hampered by his announced plans to accept two-taxpayer funded paychecks for just one job totaling nearly $200,000 annually, if elected Sheriff.  The state's largest newspaper calls the practice an "obscenity" and that people who do it are "gaming the pension system with impunity by exploiting a loophole in the law," while Republican Senator Jennifer Beck (R-Monmouth) calls it "egregious to the general public."

Gannon expressed thanks and gratitude to all those supporting him, and called the reception he is receiving across the county "very heartwarming and encouraging."

"The voters I am speaking with are embracing my message of a more modern, fiscally responsible Sheriff's office that keeps our county safe and ensures that taxpayer money is spent wisely in the process," said Gannon.

Congressman Leonard Lance (CD-7)

Mayor of Chatham Borough Bruce Harris

Mayor of Chester Twp Bill Cogger

Mayor of Lincoln Park David Runfeldt

Mayor of Montville Jim Sandham

Boonton Alderman Anthony Scozzafava

Former Boonton Alderman Michael LoRusso

Former Boonton Alderman James Sweynor

Hanover Committeeman Robert Brueno

Hanover Committeeman John Ferramosca

Former Hanover Twp Deputy Mayor Judy Iradi

Kinnelon Councilwoman Carol Sventy 

President of the Morristown Tea Party Jeff Weingarten


*View previous endorsements on our website 

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Rep. Frelinghuysen Highlights Latest Gannon Endorsements in Morris County Sheriff’s Race

Gannon has earned the endorsement of 89 Republican elected and party leaders and counting from all across Morris County


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Contact: Jim Gannon 973-588-5089

Boonton, Thursday, March 10, 2016 – Following today’s endorsement announcement, headlined by Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, Sheriff’s candidate Jim Gannon has now earned the backing of 89 Republican elected officials and party leaders and counting from all across Morris County, said the Gannon campaign today.

“I am thrilled that Republicans throughout the county are embracing my candidacy,” said Gannon, who announced a run for Sheriff this year after a 33-year career in law enforcement and global security, starting as a Patrolman in Boonton and Boonton Township, and then stints at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, the FBI's elite Joint Terrorism Task Force and Morris County-based Novartis Pharmaceuticals.  “My three-point plan includes working with local, county, state and federal law enforcement to keep neighborhoods, schools and businesses safe, protecting seniors from consumer fraud and combating illegal drugs, and restoring financial accountability and responsibility to the Sheriff’s Office.”

Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen (CD-11)

Assemblyman Parker Space (L-24)

Sussex County Sheriff Mike Strada

Mayor of Butler Robert W. Alviene

Mayor of Chatham Township Curt Ritter 

Mayor of Florham Park Mark Taylor

Mayor of Netcong Joseph Nametko 

Mayor of Pequannock David G. Kohle

Boonton Alderman Dan Carey 

Boonton Alderman Keith Price 

Chatham Township Committeewoman Karen Swartz 

Florham Park Councilman Charles Germershausen

Hanover Township Committeeman George Coppola 

Long Hill Township Deputy Mayor Guy Piserchia

Mount Arlington Councilman Michael Stanzilis

Washington Twp Councilman Matt Murello

Morris County State GOP Committeeman & Fmr. Kinnelon Councilman Larry Casha

Former Morris County Freeholder & Morris Township Mayor  John Murphy

Former Boonton Mayor Cy Wekilsky

Former Boonton Mayor Lou Masterbone 

Former Hanover Township Mayor Bob Steiger 

Former Morris County GOP Chair Lois Johnson

Former Morris Township Mayor Kathleen Hyland 

MCRC Executive Director Barbara Dawson (Personal)

Chester Township Republican Committee Member Kurt Alstede

*View previous endorsements on our website 

Last week, Gannon announced plans to voluntarily freeze his state pension of nearly $80,000 per year, and accept only his Sheriff’s salary if elected in November.  “As evidenced by the tragic death of a NJ State Trooper earlier this week, it’s clear that law enforcement professionals and firefighters put their lives on the line and earn every penny of their pensions when they retire,” said Gannon.  “But, for me personally, as someone running for public office, I do not believe in accepting two taxpayer-funded paychecks to do just one job.  I want voters and taxpayers to know that running for Sheriff isn’t about the money for me – it’s about keeping our county safe and secure.”


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Republican Gannon Will Freeze Own Pension; Only Collect Sheriff’s Salary if Elected

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Contact: James Gannon 973-588-5089

Boonton, March 1, 2016 – Republican Jim Gannon, who retired in 2008 as a Member of the Police and Firemen's Retirement System (PFRS) from his 25-years of service as a Boonton and Boonton Township Police Officer, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, with an annual pension of $78,160, will file paperwork with the State of New Jersey to freeze that pension and collect only his salary as Morris County Sheriff if successful in the June primary and then elected to a full-term in November.

Under N.J.S.A. 43:3C-3, Gannon’s decision to freeze his pension will also require him to give up a $60,000 payout to his beneficiary (his daughter) in the event of his death, something Gannon called “being penalized for doing the right thing.” He urged lawmakers in Trenton to introduce legislation to fix it and said doing so could incentivize others to freeze their pensions while serving in elected office.

After his career in the public sector, Gannon continued his law enforcement and security career as a member of the FBI's elite Joint Terrorism Task Force and then as Global Head of Security Risk at Novartis. Gannon said that with Census Data showing the per capita income of a Morris County resident at $48,814 and Morris County household at $98,633, it didn’t feel appropriate to him to accept both a state pension and Sheriff’s salary that would potentially put his income at over $200,000 a year. Gannon will defer to the Freeholder Board to set his salary within the range allowable by law.

“Make no mistake, I believe law enforcement officers and firefighters earn their pensions – these men and women leave their families at home and put their lives on the line every day to keep us safe,” said Gannon, who reached out to the New Jersey Division of Pension and Benefits and confirmed that his pension can be temporarily frozen while he serves as Sheriff, and then restarted, without retroactive payments, after he leaves office. “But, for me personally, getting two checks funded by taxpayers to do just one job didn’t seem right. I want voters and taxpayers to know that running for Sheriff isn’t about the money for me – it’s about keeping our county safe and secure.”

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