Happy St. Patricks Day: Rochford style

Parsippany-Troy Hills Councilman Robert Peluso and Louis Valori with Sheriff Edward Rochford during his annual St. Patrick’s Day Party held at Zeris Inn, Mountain Lakes

Sheriff Rochford held his annual St. Patrick’s Day Party at Zeris Inn with over 1,000 friends and politicians. Freeholders, Senators, Assemblyman, Mayors, Councilman, Law enforcement officials from all departments, friends and family all waited on line in freezing weather to attend the annual traditional St. Patrick’s Day Party held Monday, March 3.

Sheriff Rochford is the oldest serving individual in law enforcement in Morris County.  In 2015 he will be celebrating his 50th year in law enforcement.

Edward V. Rochford is serving his eighth 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.”

Sheriff Rochford is a graduate of the City University of New York, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is also a graduate of the F.B.I. 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 NJ. He also serves on the 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. He is a life member of the Morris County Chapter of the NAACP and also serves as the honorary chairman of the United Jewish Appeal of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ. He is a former trustee of the Urban League of Morris County. Ed is a volunteer fireman and life member of the Fairchild Fire Company, Morris Township Fire Department.

Sheriff Rochford is very involved helping children with cancer and organizes fundraisers to help defray their 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.

In 2013, Ed received the “Distinguished Citizen Award” from the Boy Scouts of America and also served as the grand marshal of the Morris County St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Ed was the 2012 recipient of the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the NJ State Troopers Coalition, the 2011 recipient of the “Distinguished American” award from the Morris County Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, 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, including crime scene processing, bomb squad, evidence collection and fingerprint processing.

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 seen.

Sheriff Rochford is a lifelong resident of Morris County and resides in Morris Plains with his wife Diana.