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Posted Friday, December 30th, 2016


Freeholders Honor Retiring Sheriff Ed RochfordMorris County Sheriff Ed Rochford ceremonially ended his 24-year elected tenure today at a Walk Out ceremony held in Morristown, where he was joined by many dozens of current and former police, elected officials, friends and colleagues who thanked him for decades of service.

In addition to his county service, Rochford served 27 with the Morris Township Police Department, making him one of the longest serving law enforcement officers in county history.

Rochford was joined by Freeholders Kathy DeFillippo, John Cesaro, Tom Mastrangelo, and Christine Myers, who presented him with a resolution from the Board of Freeholders. He also received words of thanks and praise from incoming Sheriff James M. Gannon, who takes office on Sunday.

After the indoor ceremony, Rochford then made an emotional walk down Court Street, shaking hands with the many officers, dignitaries and well-wishers who lined the street.

Click here to hear the Sheriff’s remarks.

Freeholders Honor Retiring Sheriff Ed Rochford

(l/r) Freeholders John cesaro and Kathy DeFillippo, Sheriff Rochford, Assemblyman Anthony Bucco and Freeholder Christine Myers

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Here is the text of the Board of Freeholders resolution:

WHEREAS, Edward V. Rochford is retiring on Dec. 31, 2016 after serving eight terms as Morris County Sheriff, and prior to that he was deputy chief of police in Morris Township, where he served for 27 years and received more than fifty departmental awards, including “Police Officer of the Year,” and

WHEREAS, under his leadership, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and its 310 officers provided highly technical, specialized, and exemplary services to the residents of Morris County, and worked as a great partner to local, county, state and federal local law enforcement agencies, and

Freeholders Honor Retiring Sheriff Ed Rochford

Sherif Rochford with former Morris Township Mayor Kathless Hyland, as freeholders look on

WHEREAS, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in 1998 became the first sheriff’s office in New Jersey to earn national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, and in 2004 received the coveted “Triple Crown Award” for accreditation in Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Correctional Health Care from the National Sheriffs’ Association, and

WHEREAS, he is past president of the Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey, served on advisory boards of the College of St. Elizabeth’s Justice Studies Program, the County College of Morris Criminal Justice Program and the Academy for Law and Public Safety, and has been involved with numerous community, civic, child, and animal welfare organizations – far too numerous to mention, and

WHEREAS, Sheriff Rochford has received the “Distinguished Citizen Award” from the Boy Scouts, “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the State Troopers Coalition, “Distinguished Leadership Award’’ from the State Association of Police Chiefs, “Volunteer of the Year” from the Cancer Society, and even served as Grand Marshal of the Morris County St. Patrick’s Day Parade;

THERFORE BE IT RESOLVED, The Morris County Board of Freeholders offers thanks to Sheriff Edward V. Rochford for his great commitment to the people of Morris County and for his commitment to excellence for his Department, and wishes him well in his retirement.