Darrin J. Russo, Sheriff
|Mail:||20 Grove Street, P.O. Box 3000, Somerville, NJ 08876|
|Term:||3-year Term; Expires 12/31/22|
Duties: Responsibilities include maintaining a safe and secure environment at the Somerset County Courthouse and the county complex, providing support to all county law enforcement efforts, the operation of the Somerset County Jail and the care and custody of persons incarcerated and committed by the courts. The Sheriff’sOffice is also responsible for the Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identification, Sheriff’s Sales, Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, Sheriff’s Special Response Team, Gang & Terrorism Intelligence Unit, the safe transportation of county prisoners, execution of civil and criminal court warrants and processing of civil documents, and providing aSchool Resource Officer for a Somerset County school. In addition, assists municipal police departments and conducts safety programs for schools and county residents. The Sheriff’s Office is an official year-roundmedicine drop-off location for unwanted, unused and expired medications. Additional programs provided by the Sheriff’s Office include: Project Lifesaver, Active Shooter Training, and unserviceable American Flag collection point, Boy Scout Police Explorer Post, among other services.
Biography: A Somerset County resident since 1989; resides in Franklin Township, married, five children. Retired Lieutenant from the Franklin Township Police Department; over 30 years of law enforcement experience; has worked with county, state and federal agencies on high-profile investigations. Organized some of the largest mobilization of officers in Somerset County to combat gang activity, violent crimes and robberies; managed a staff of 16 officers, four sergeants and multiple police units that served the citizens of Franklin Township. He has received numerous citations and is a two-time recipient of the Somerset County 200 Club Award.