Sheriff Thomas Clark (1739-1740)
In 1739, the King of England appointed John Kinney to be the first sheriff of Morris County. For unknown reasons, Kinney declined the appointment. Thomas Clark was then appointed and served as the first sheriff of Morris County.
Sheriff John Kinney (1740-1742 and 1749-1751)
In 1740 and again in 1749 John Kinney was appointed and accepted the position of sheriff of Morris County.
Sheriff Joseph Lindsley (1827)
Sheriff Lindsley was also one of the architects for the courthouse off the Green and designed the sheriff’s quarters inside the courthouse.
Sheriff Pierson A. Freeman (1875-1877)
Sheriff Freeman was the first sheriff to be elected to a three year term.
Sheriff Arnold Ladd (1947-1974)
Sheriff Ladd was sheriff for twenty-seven years, the longest term any sheriff has had in Morris County. He was the first to start a program for rehabilitating inmates by counseling.
Sheriff John M. Fox (1975-1992)
Sheriff Fox was instrumental in getting many programs underway including the Reality and Reality Outreach programs, CrimeStoppers, Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program, Sheriff’s Emergency Response Team, K-9, and the Bomb Squad unit.
Sheriff Edward V. Rochford (1993-2016)
Sheriff Rochford held the position of sheriff for 24 years . During his tenure, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office became the first sheriff’s office in the state of New Jersey to attain national accreditation. Further, he went on to lead the agency to earning the prestigious Triple Crown Award—being simultaneously accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies, the American Correctional Association’s Commission on Accreditation for Corrections and the National Commission on Correctional Healthcare.
Sheriff James M. Gannon (2017-present)
Sheriff Gannon has joined the Bureau of Law Enforcement and the Bureau of Corrections to develop the new Morris County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Gannon is partnering with the public safety community to keep residents safe. He is specifically focused on Counter-Terrorism, the Heroin epidemic and a new and improved Sheriff’s Trends & Analysis Team (STAT), all while restoring financial accountability and responsibility to the Office of the Sheriff.