Posted Thursday, January 14th, 2016

Morris County Warden Christopher Klein and Morris County Undersheriff Joseph Pascale each were honored this week with the “Patriots Award’’ for their efforts to help ease the burden on Morris County corrections officers who are deployed, many time on short notice, by their military units.

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(l/r) Carl Singer and Jerry Felt of ESGR, Undersheriff Joseph Pascale, Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo, Sheriff Edward Rochford and Warden Christopher Klein

The honors were bestowed by the Morris County chapter of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (ESGR) based on a nomination made by Corrections Officer Ronnie Joseph, who is a member of the Army Reserve, and presently on deployment.

“They respect my service to this great country…’’ Joseph wrote in his nominating letter to ESGR. “At times when (there is) a national disaster, we have a limited time to let them know (about deployment) and it’s always understood by my employer …. Just to know they appreciate my service to this country and don’t view my absence as a burden is admirable,’’ he wrote.

Jerry Felt and Carl Singer of ESGR presented the awards to Klein and Pascale on Wednesday at a meeting of the Morris County Board of Freeholders in Morristown. Sheriff Edward Rochford and a large contingent of corrections and sheriff’s officers attended the event.

“We greatly support our employees who are service members and who are called upon to help our state and nation in times of crisis,’’ said Freeholder Director Kathy DeFillippo. “We thank Warden Klein and Undersheriff Pascale for their efforts to enable these employees to serve.’’

Warden Klein has been employed at the county jail in Morris Township 1999. Undersheriff Pascale is in his third decade of employment with the county, at the old and current county jail.


ESGR was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between military Reserve service members and their employers — and to help resolve conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment

An employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve may nominate individual supervisors and bosses for Patriot Awards.

The Patriot Award reflects efforts made to support “Citizen Warriors’’ through a wide range of measures, such as flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families and leaves of absence.

ESGR is proud to honor employers, such as Morris County, for their support of our men and women in military service,’’ said Jerry Felt of ESGR. “They make a positive difference in the lives of their employees.’’

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