Frank J. Provenzano, Sr., Sheriff
|Mail:||20 Grove Street, Somerville, NJ 08876|
|Term:||3-year Term; Expires 12/31/19|
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’s Office 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 a School Resource Officer for Somerset County schools. In addition, assists municipal police departments and conducts safety programs for schools and county residents. The Sheriff’s Office is an official year-round medicine drop-off location for unwanted, unused and expired medications.
Biography: A lifelong resident of Somerset County who resides in the Borough of Raritan with his wife, Lou Ann. Sheriff Provenzano joined the Bridgewater Township Police Department in 1968 and retired in 2001 as Captain of the Administration Division. As a member of Bridgewater Police he saw all aspects of police work, from road patrol to working undercover assignments in the detective bureau to serving as the Commander of Emergency Service Division, which included SCUBA, Heavy Rescue and Haz-Mat. He was an assistant coordinator for the Somerset County Emergency Response Team Hostage Negotiations Unit. He is a 2002 graduate (class president) of the National Sheriffs’ Institute Executive Development Program, sponsored by the National Sheriffs’ Association and the National Institute of Corrections. He has been the Somerset County Sheriff since January 2002.
Affiliations & Community Service: National Association of Counties, Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee, Member; Somerset County Youth Services Commission, Member; Raritan Valley Community College, Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, Member; Somerset County Police Academy, Law Enforcement Education Committee, Member; New Jersey Sheriffs’ Association, Past President; National Sheriffs’ Association, Member; Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness School Security Task Force, Member; Somerset County Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Advisory Committee, Member; New Jersey COPS Magazine, Advisory Board, Former Member; Italian-American Police Society, Member; John Basilone Parade Committee, Member; Somerville Elks, Member; International Association of Chiefs of Police, Member; Bradley Gardens American Legion, Member; Jack Gardner Softball Tournament fundraising event for children with special needs, Former Chairman; Operation Shoebox Board, Member; Bocce Invitational Board, Member; Raritan Borough Recreation Commission, Former Member; Little League Baseball and Pop-Warner Football, Former Coach; Thomas Edison EnergySmart Charter School Advisory Board, Member; American Jail Association, Member; Somerset Safe Communities Coalition, Member; and Supreme Court Committee on Court Security, Member.