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Monmouth County Sheriff Kim Guadagno has announced the appointment of Shaun Golden to Acting Monmouth County Sheriff. Golden has served in the role of undersheriff with the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office since June, 2008. As undersheriff, Golden has been in charge of the Monmouth County Regional 9-1-1 Communications Center and the operation of communications and computer networking equipment for county and municipal agencies. Golden has been instrumental in promoting and implementing shared services with towns at cost saving measures through the 9-1-1 Communications Center. In addition, his responsibilities include the management of the new countywide wireless communications network and the development of the proposed state of the art emergency communications building. “I’m honored to be appointed acting sheriff of Monmouth County and look forward to leading this innovative, nationally accredited agency,” said Shaun Golden.

Sheriff Kim Guadagno, who will take the oath of office as New Jersey’s first lieutenant governor January 19, 2010, is proud to have Golden lead the agency. “Shaun has my full support and I leave the office knowing the people of Monmouth County will be well served by a career law enforcement officer.”

Golden, a lifelong resident of Monmouth County, brings with him a wealth of experience in law enforcement and public administration. He was a career law enforcement officer for 18 years, graduating number one in his class at the Monmouth County Police Academy. Golden started out as a police officer with the Colts Neck Police Department, before moving on to the Toms River Police Department in that same capacity. In Toms River, he headed up the information and technology office and assisted in establishing the municipal paid EMS program. Golden worked as a certified paramedic for MONOC, serving Monmouth and Ocean Counties, and was a volunteer firefighter and EMT. Golden 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. “As Acting Monmouth County Sheriff, it will be my duty to serve the public and to ensure the safety and security of the people who live in Monmouth County.”

Golden will serve as acting sheriff until Governor Elect Chris Christie officially announces the appointment of sheriff. That appointment must then receive consent from the N.J. State Senate.

The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office is comprised of three divisions: Law Enforcement, Corrections and Communications. The agency is nationally accredited in all major areas of operation including law enforcement, corrections, correctional healthcare, youth detention center, youth detention center healthcare and the 9-1-1 emergency dispatch center.