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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 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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