FREEHOLD – Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden was sworn in this past week as the newly elected president of the Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey (COANJ) during its annual conference in Atlantic City.
COANJ, which was formed in 1920, is a statewide organization comprised of the elected constitutional officers of all 21 counties. The membership includes sheriffs, county surrogates, county clerks and registers of deeds and mortgages.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve as the president of COANJ in the upcoming year,” Golden said. “In these times of economic uncertainty, it is incumbent upon us to do more with less, to promote shared services within our counties and to serve as examples to others of what effective and ethical leadership in public service should be.”
Prior to becoming the president of COANJ, Golden served as the vice president. He is completing his first term as Monmouth County sheriff after being elected to the post in 2011. He was appointed as sheriff when former Sheriff Kim Guadagno became the state’s lieutenant governor in January 2010. The sheriff was a career law enforcement officer for 18 years, serving as a police officer in Colts Neck and Toms River. He worked as a certified paramedic for MONOC, serving Monmouth and Ocean Counties, and was a volunteer firefighter and EMT. He holds a master’s degree in administration from Seton Hall University, is a N.J. certified public manager and an adjunct professor at Monmouth University.
Sheriff Golden takes over the reigns as president from Monmouth County Surrogate