Sheriff Shaun Golden took the oath of office as the 76th Sheriff of Monmouth County on January 6, during the Board of Chosen Freeholder’s annual organization meeting at the Monmouth County Biotech High School in Freehold. Sheriff Golden was elected in November, 2010 to a three year term and serves as the chief executive of the 598 member agency with a budget of $68 million. He has been Acting Sheriff since January, 2010, when former Sheriff Kim Guadagno, became New Jersey’s first Lieutenant Governor. Sheriff Golden was sworn in by Lt. Governor Guadagno at the organization meeting. “I am grateful to become the Sheriff of Monmouth County,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “It is an honor and privilege to serve the public, and, to help ensure the safety and security of those who live, work and visit our great County.”
Golden began his career at the Sheriff’s Office as the Undersheriff in charge of the Monmouth County 9-1-1 Communications Center and the operations of computer networking equipment for county and municipal agencies. “The Sheriff’s Office has been instrumental in implementing shared services with towns at a significant savings, and, as Sheriff, I will continue to be a champion of shared services by expanding the 9-1-1 Communications Center to facilitate additional towns.”
Golden is a lifelong resident of Monmouth County and brings with him a wealth of experience in law enforcement and public administration. He has been a career law enforcement officer for 19 years, starting out as a police officer with the Colts Neck Police Department, before moving onto the Toms River Police Department in that same capacity. Golden worked as a certified paramedic for MONOC, serving Monmouth and Ocean Counties, and was a volunteer firefighter and EMT. He holds a master’s degree in administration from Seton Hall University, is a NJ Certified Public Manager and an adjunct professor at Monmouth University with the Department of Political Science and Public Policy. In addition, he has received numerous certifications in incident command, homeland security and emergency management initiatives.
The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office consists of three divisions: Law Enforcement, Corrections and Communications and is nationally accredited in all major areas of operation.
“As a dedicated public servant, I look forward to leading this fine innovative agency and pledge to create initiatives with municipalities that will promote public safety in the most cost effective manner.”