Once a year, Edward Rochford, Morris County Sheriff, holds a St. Patrick’s Day party as a fundraiser. This year being his 21st party, and the largest ever was held on Monday night at Zeris Inn, Route 46, Denville. The Irish music was playing, the dancers were dancing as almost 1,000 people ate, drank and socialized the night away.
The next big event for Rochford is “The 2013 Morris County St. Patrick’s Day Parade” which starts at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, March 9 in Morristown, Featuring Sheriff Ed Rochford as the Grand Marshal!
Parade day begins with Mass at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 91 Maple Avenue, Morristown.
The parade starts at 12:00 Noon near the corner of South Street and James Street. It proceeds up South Street around the Morristown Green and Ends at Atno Avenue.
There will be about 20 bands with about 70,000 in attendance either in the parade or as spectators.
Please come and see the largest family oriented St. Patrick’s Day Parade in all of New Jersey. Come celebrate with the Irish and their friends as we recognize their contribution in building a great America.
Sheriff Edward V. Rochford is the 34th Grand Marshal of the Morris County St. Patrick’s Day Parade. He was born in Morris Township to Francis and Bertha Rochford. His father, Francis is the former Mayor of Morris Township. Although Ed was born and raised in Morris County, New Jersey, his ancestors came from County Cork, Ireland.
Ed is a proud member of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Morris County, The Irish American Association of Northwest Jersey and the Paul W. McKenna Morris County Chapter of the Emerald Society.
Sheriff Rochford is serving his seventh three-year term as Morris County Sheriff. Previously he was deputy chief of police in Morris Township where he served for twenty-seven years. During that time he received more than fifty departmental awards including being honored as “Police Officer of the Year.”
Ed is a graduate of the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and the National Sheriffs’ Institute of Longmont, Colorado. Sheriff Rochford is a graduate of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Morris Program.
Sheriff Rochford is the past President and Executive Director of the Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey. He also serves on the advisory boards of the Dean and Betty Gallo Prostate Cancer Center at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, 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.
Ed is a life member of the Morris County Chapter of the NAACP and serves as the honorary chairman of the United Jewish Appeal of MetroWest NJ. He is a former trustee of the Urban League of Morris County. Sheriff Rochford is also a volunteer fireman and life member of the Fairchild Fire Company, Morris Township Fire Department.
Sheriff Rochford has been very involved helping children with cancer, especially running fundraisers to help defray medical expenses. He is a strong supporter of St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, NJ, the Randolph Animal Pound, and the Denville Animal Shelter.
Ed has had many accomplishments and has been recognized for his dedication. He was the 2012 recipient of the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the New Jersey State Troopers Coalition. He was also the 2011 recipient of the “Distinguished American” award from the Morris County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Ed was the 2009 “Distinguished Leadership” award recipient from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police for his commitment to accreditation and the professionalism of policing in New Jersey. He was honored by the American Cancer Society, Morris County Chapter as the “Volunteer of the Year.” The Boy Scouts of America presented him with their “Good Scout” award for his fundraising and volunteer work.
The Morris County Sheriff’s Office is comprised of 310 officers and employees and provides specialized law enforcement services, such as crime scene processing, bomb squad, evidence collection and fingerprint processing just to name a few.
Sheriff Rochford oversees the operation of the Morris County Correctional Facility which has a capacity of 528 inmates. Accreditation assessors from the American Correctional Association have called this jail one of the “cleanest, quietest, most well run” they have ever been in. The Morris County Sheriff’s Office received the “Triple Crown Award” from the National Sheriff’s Association for being a fully accredited agency. Only 34 Sheriff’s Offices out of 3,083 nationwide have received this award.
Ed is a lifelong resident of Morris County and he resides in Morris Plains with his wife of 40 years, Diana. He enjoys skiing, softball, and traveling to the Caribbean. Ed said that “being chosen Grand Marshal of the Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade is the highlight of my forty-seven year career. I am humbled to be selected for this honor.”