Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden is pleased to announce that his agency has been assigned to lead the operations of the Office of Emergency Management. OEM, a county run division which was previously run under the Department of Public Works was officially transferred to the Sheriff’s Office. “Having the Office of Emergency Management and the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office 9-1-1 Communications Center operate within one agency ensures that public safety remains a top priority,” said Sheriff Shaun Golden. “During large scale incidents, OEM prioritizes the emergency response based on information gathered from the 9-1-1 Communications Center. Both operations work together and provide valuable information in a timely manner.”

OEM is responsible for coordinating the countywide response during a disaster and assisting towns with the necessary resources when dealing with response and recovery. In addition, OEM is in charge of developing and maintaining Monmouth County’s Emergency Operations Plan which outlines how the county will function before, during and after emergency disaster conditions. “As the liaison to OEM and the emergency management coordinator of Neptune City, I understand how vital this shared service is when it comes to assisting towns during an emergency,” said Freeholder Tom Arnone. “Having OEM operate within the Sheriff’s Office will be a benefit to Monmouth County and municipalities.”

Sheriff Golden and his staff will meet with the emergency coordinators of all 53 municipalities to make them aware that the Sheriff’s Office will be responsible for OEM and of the enhanced resources that will be available as well as educational materials for the public. “It will be a privilege to work with Sheriff Golden and his team of dedicated professionals,” said OEM Coordinator Glen Mason. “I look forward to being a part of the agency in an effort to streamline operations and handle any crises that occurs.”