300th Anniversary Patch Contest

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In 2011, Sheriff Provenzano held a patch-design contest to celebrate his office’s 300th anniversary.

Giuseppe “Joey” Di Meglio, then a junior at Franklin High School, submitted the winning design, which continues to be featured on the Sheriff’s letterhead today. The runner-up was North Plainfield Middle School seventh-grader Christopher Urbano. Both students were honored at Sheriff Provenzano’s annual awards ceremony at the Historic Courthouse on December 28, 2011.

“This year the Sheriff’s Office is 300 years old,” Sheriff Provenzano said during the presentation.  “It was founded in 1711 and the first sheriff was Barefoot Brunson. We have had many sheriffs with names that I am sure you are familiar with – many were founders of this great county – such as Van Doren, Wallace, Van Derveer, Ross, Hoagland, Gaston, Dilts, Brokaw and Cooper, to name a few.”

To commemorate this historic event, all school children in Somerset County in grades 6 to 12 had the opportunity to submit their version of what the special uniform-style patch should look like.

In addition to being honored at the ceremony, both students were invited to come back and serve as “Sheriffs for a Day” to learn the day-to-day activities of the Sheriff’s Office and County Jail.

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Sheriff Provenzano congratulates patch
contest winner Giuseppe “Joey” Di Meglio.