The race for sheriff

The 11 Republican candidates for freeholder and the two for sheriff faced off tonight at a forum in Rockaway Township.
Sheriff candidates Steve Olimpio and incumbent Ed Rochford went first . Rochford was asked by an Olimpio supporter how many lawsuits the sheriff’s office has been involved in. Rochford was ready, contending that lawsuits occur because his office is doing a good job cracking down on excessive sick time and other abuses by officers. He said fighting lawsuits is preferable to simply making payoffs for them to go away.

About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

5 Responses to The race for sheriff

  1. Edward France says:

    The Sheriff gave a well thought out answer. The thing that is obvious about Ed rochford is that he can be easy going and friendly. That is his personality. But he can be tough and forthright when he has to. Both men spoke well. Some of the stronger points about ed is that he worked to cut costs when he first came on as sheriff. He even did a study to see if it would save money to privatize the jail. Also ed has been a longtime republican. In a republican primarry that means something. Another thing is if I ever had a question or an issue he always called me back and his door has always been open. Not all elected officials treat the voters that way. Some of them could learn from him.

  2. hfa says:

    wonder what the story is with the candidates for Freeholder, no blog about that and nothing I could find in the DR today. Oh well, nothing in Star Ledger either.

    “The 11 Republican candidates for freeholder and the two for sheriff faced off tonight at a forum in Rockaway Township.”

    Maybe holding it for Sunday? or I missed it.

  3. Times are tough, HFA
    We do NOT have the staff to cover all that we should; Neither does the Ledger. That’s the sad, bottom line

  4. Alice says:

    Evidently Mr Olimpio has not heard of the law stating that no political signs can be placed on private property without the owner’s permission. I wonder which of his backers put a sign on my property without our permission. He should be more careful.

  5. sp says:

    Give me a break Fred. The lawsuits had nothing to do with sick time, The correctional facility has the best sicktimes record in the county. Yet its used fro an excuse to cover up the real resons there are numerous lawsuits,,, Poor leadership, retaliation and unionbusting. If ed and the county is never in the wrong why the payouts then. Lies lies and even more lies. Everyone wearing a Sheriff badge pro rochford or not knows the truth. And the truth is the officers no longer have faith in the Sheriff. The recent vote by both unions shows it all. And it has nothing to do with money or contracts. Your readers deserve the truth and you fail them time and time again

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