dailyrecord.com: Heroin scourge in focus for Morris Sheriff Gannon in first 100 days


, @PeggyWrightDR

MORRISTOWN - Long before James Michael Gannon was elected in November 2016 to the prestigious political position of Morris County sheriff, he was a person who would be spotted on the fifth floor of the county Administration and Records building, guiding an elderly neighbor to the Surrogate's Office to probate a will for a deceased relative.

Protecting the elderly and other vulnerable populations from scams and crimes of opportunity was cited by Gannon as a goal during a hard-fought campaign in the June 2016 Republican primary for the three-year term of sheriff. Opponent John Sierchio was favored by outgoing, 24-year GOP Sheriff Edward V. Rochford, but Gannon beat Sierchio and went on to defeat in the November general election Democrat Mark Dombrowski, a former county corrections officer who took a disability retirement and did not run a visible campaign.

In his first 100 days in office - a period of time that Gannon said he would use to audit office needs and spending -  Gannon has already moved from platitudes to a kept promise to help fight addiction by committing officers in his community services bureau to the Hope One program. Hope One, a project co-sponsored by the county Department of Human Services and the non-profit Morris County Center for Addiction Recovery Education and Success and other entities, is the logo on a van that has been re-purposed with drug forfeiture money and parks at locations around the county that are known to be frequented by homeless people and others vulnerable to addiction.