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Sheriff Candidate Says Two Departments Should Merge

Armstrong criticizes incumbent Polhemus

Letter as submitted by Ocean County Sheriff candidate George "Bob" Armstrong:

Recent media reports of the county’s stable Fitch ratings is not the whole story and does not address the millions of dollars wasted in the Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Corrections. County officials should stop wasting money on studies and do what I proposed three years ago — merge the two departments like so many other counties have done.

The governor and the public support it, and if elected in November, it will be my first priority.

Sheriff Polhemus has completely mishandled his department, and the costs are staggering. How can the Sheriff’s Office and the Dept. of Corrections justify $4 million in overtime, and how can the Sheriff justify paying 54 of his employees over $100,000 each? This is outrageous. 

I will utilize these officers for law enforcement duties, work which they were trained for. Our local police departments could certainly use the help, and I believe the sheriff’s officers would welcome the opportunity to assist throughout Ocean County in true law enforcement. As it is, the current Sheriff is wasting their talents.

My proposal to merge Corrections with the Sheriff’s office will greatly reduce bloated salaries, overtime and political patronage. This worked well for over 100 years in Ocean County until Sheriff Polhemus was elected 27 years ago. For purely political reasons, Mr. Polhemus and the freeholders separated the Department of Corrections and hired a jail warden. That was wrong, and I will change it.

George “Bob” Armstrong

Toms River

Democratic Candidate for Ocean County Sheriff

CShorShell July 30, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Well then we need to get the word out....Bob Armstrong is running on the Democratic ticket just to get rid of Polhemus.
John July 30, 2012 at 11:51 PM
As much as overtime may cost, it's still cheaper to pay overtime than hire additional employees. Overtime doesn't figure into retirement pension and additional employees add to healthcare and pension costs.
ed crowley July 31, 2012 at 12:06 AM
There is no law that requires a uniform change. Are you saying that the Sheriff officers can't respond to the jail?
ed crowley July 31, 2012 at 12:11 AM
I agree with you these officers could not be trained to do other work.
Gene July 31, 2012 at 12:37 AM
It's funny how people in Ocean Cty vote Republican. The party of trickle down corporate waste have again used our bigoted tribal emotions to cloud the real facts. Armstrong (or Obama) could be JC himself and unfortunately still lose to the voter remnants of the old KKK party in Ocean Cty who will always talk in code about race. Polhemus probably doesn't even know what day it is when he walks up the stairs sideways at the court house, but the bigots in this county will still vote for what they wrongly perceive as a ''good ole boy'. Time to get real!
Gene July 31, 2012 at 12:48 AM
WMS826...... So you want to put the 'dead wood' from local pds in the sheriff dept? You are probably one of those, who insanely voted Republican just to keep Polhemus as Sheriff.
Wise Owl July 31, 2012 at 02:05 AM
The Warden should have been running the whole gig 30 years ago. Mr. Armstrong, whybdon't you debate him? He would chew you up and spit u out in a minute. You would be in over you head in quicksand. Have you ever been in the jail. Ever been a policeman? You do a lot of talking for someone who can't walk the walk. If you are so confident, debate Warden Hutler...he will chew you up and spit you out.
Theodore the Chipmunk July 31, 2012 at 02:14 AM
I would vote for Simon before I would vote for Bob Armstrong.
River City Rover July 31, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Hey Bob, why don't you debate the warden?
MrSaturdayNightSpecial July 31, 2012 at 03:27 AM
I don't think we had that problem going from Dover Township to Toms River Township,
Slippery Slope July 31, 2012 at 11:41 AM
If he had real integrity, he would not be a member of the Democrat party. He has a nice resume, but that democrat thing ruins it.
WMS826 July 31, 2012 at 12:57 PM
There is no way you could take a sheriff Officer and place him on the road in a real PD. They have zero expierence in policing.Most of them would be terrified if they had to go out and do actual police work. It is guard work that can be done cheaper, why do we need a police academy fully trained young man working a metal detector taking home a police pension. This should be performed by retired police officers who would already have their pensions and do it just for pay. Save a boat load of money that way. Corrections...give the County Jails to the State...You cannot merge the two departments anyway. They do not do the same jobs and they are not cross trained. Corrections Officers do not have the Police academy certificate which the sheriff officers need so they can bring more water to the judge and say "All Rise"
Gene July 31, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Educated?girl.... Sheriff's officers are trained at the same academy as local police. Their qualifications are similar. They arrest and transport prisoners as well as perform SWAT activities throughout the county. Corrections officers are forced to work short handed on limited rest to take care of inmates that neither you or I would want to deal with. They also are trained at the same academy. The only reason I even mention these things is that you loosely use the word 'ridiculous' As far as Polhemus, he's only there because he is a Republican. Typical apathetic low information Republican voters in this county would rather put his corpse in place of a more qualified person.
Gene July 31, 2012 at 03:16 PM
WMS826..... Not all sheriff's officers work in the courthouse. Did you ever see them backing up the local police at Seaside on holidays? How about when they have to guard the judges at their homes. How about raids on drug houses, or child porn criminals,etc. What if someone did bring a weapon or explosive device in the courthouse, would you want a senior citizen ex cop to respond?
wheres murrow? July 31, 2012 at 08:35 PM
You mean the real police work like murders, robberies, rapes, swat missions, fugitive apprehension, shootings, stabbings, fatal car accidents, ? Oh wait, the sheriffs officers already do that. All the big stuff is already handled at the county level. What actual police work are you referring to? Barking dog calls? Disabled motorists? Lost kittens?
Gene July 31, 2012 at 10:21 PM
WMS826..... Retired senior citizen cops protecting us at the court house? Do you think their reactions would be quick enough if a bad guy brought a weapon or worse into the courthouse. Did you even know that Sheriff officers have other duties on the street besides what you see in the courthouse? You definitely sound like a typical low information Republican voter from Ocean Cty. I'm all for law enforcement at every level. They get paid to perform when they have to. They need a leader who is qualified and not just a political figure, who in this county is always unfortunately in the party of corporate greed.
WMS826 August 01, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Sheriff's Depts are part of the "oh" police..The conversation goes like this... So what do you do for a living? I'm a cop..(not) oh yea where? Sheriff's dept Oh....and the conversation ends there. Policemen and Sheriffs Officers can both work till they are 65..so why not let a real cop retire at 47 or 50 then be a guard on the metal detector until he is 65 just like you guys. Crime scen techs are civillian jobs any other state. I do not need a gun carrier showing up at a burglary scene after we cleared the house and made it safe just to take pictures and prints. He can be a civillian or a ..retired cop.
WMS826 August 01, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Please...please...tell us some war stories on how you were guarding a judge at his home...what did you do...sit in an idling car for hours on end....did you fall asleep or read a magazine...maybe even played with your smart phone.
Gene August 01, 2012 at 12:53 AM
So Much To Say...... And very little thinking except for getting rid of that Republican dinosaur. Hopefully your backward philosophy in Ocean Cty will be next. Too bad Andy Griffith died. He was a democrat.
Kyren Dooley August 01, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Congratulations on your military service, Colonel. Speaking of uniforms, is it correct to wear a military uniform in pursuit of a political office?
Sick and Tired August 01, 2012 at 01:54 AM
@MAX Go to Red the Uniform Tailor and see what $20 will get you. You might be able to get a uniform for your daughter's Ken doll. $300 per uniform is a conservative estimate for the average sized human officer.
Philip Larkin August 01, 2012 at 03:00 AM
The last time I checked Warden Hutler was not running for office so why would Colonel Armstrong debate him. He is only a county employee. As far as experience Colonel Armstrong has 40 years of Federal, State and World Wide Law Enforcement experience. Speaking of debates I would guess Colonel Armstrong would love to debate the current Sheriff on the issues.
Gene August 01, 2012 at 03:03 PM
WMS826.... Bizarro world
Gene August 01, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Sounds like you're talking out of both sides of your mouth. Reminds me of Nit Witney, the bankster poster boy.
wheres murrow? August 01, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Yawn... if you really are a cop you know the truth. Any serious crime, in those 2 sq. mile towns and the county takes over. Im sure they appreciate you getting their coffee for them though. As far as the jail goes, one officer in a dorm with 30 cons. no gun, no baton no spray, a tad bit more challenging than the dreaded mailbox vandalism call.
CShorShell August 01, 2012 at 06:01 PM
You really have no idea what you are talking about! WOW! Just as an FYI, Gene is correct. Sheriff's Officers do a lot more than you realize. They actually have a larger jurisdiction that your police officer does. They participate in SWAT team busts (drugs, gangs, guns, etc.) A police officer cannot follow a suspect across a township line, but that's when the police in that next town and the sheriff's department come into play, since the sheriff's officer can cross from town to town within his/her county. Sheriff's Officers also rotate who's "on call." B/c they get called into work at any given time day or night. When the courthouse had that bomb threat last year, the sheriff's officers contacted the police and sheriff's departments down out of state to find out the history behind the guy they believed to be the one who placed the threat. So I hate to break it to you, but they do FAR more than just baby-sit as you suggest.
Mrgrumpass August 02, 2012 at 12:46 PM
BOB I do believe that we need a new sheriff and you would be a fine candidate but where in your qualification does it state that you can run a prison?
Mrgrumpass August 02, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Sheriff Polhemus should take a photo in his military uniform the one he wore on his ride up St Juan hill with Teddy!
Hector Logan August 19, 2012 at 04:13 PM
This is your Ocean County Sheriff: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H6F7l4LEmE
Sophie Sie September 27, 2012 at 04:22 AM
I’m not speaking for any Party because the “Party” subject is part of a sophisticated political machine. I simple have no required mechanical knowledge to argue for any “Party”. But, George BOB Armstrong’s wisdom of macroeconomic perspective to use Taxpayers’ money wisely in combating the governmental wide financial crisis is deserving a chance to lead the county’s largest law enforcement agency. Joseph Grisanti’s wealth of experience and service in enforcing and following the laws is deserving a chance to continue serving his beloved taxpayers with honesty and integrity to safeguard all taxpayers’ American dream. Pat Barndt’s great social consciousness in her elegantly poised win-win proclamation of that “I’m running because we all deserve better.” for September 11, 2012 Asbury Park Press is awaking New Jersey taxpayers to catch a dream and run with her for better. Catch your American dream. Let’s run with BOB Armstrong, dance with Joseph Grisanti, and fly high with Pat Barndt in the realm of truth, faith, and integrity. Sophie Sie

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