Mitchell Running For Sheriff

Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich said he is seeking re-election to the job he’s held for 33 years, but Dr. Charles E. Mitchell, Sr. of Roselle believes it is time for a change.

UNION COUNTY—Dr. Charles E. Mitchell, Sr. is running for Union County Sheriff in the June 8 Democratic primary election because he says incumbent Ralph Froehlich’s 33 years in the job is too long.

Mitchell, a Roselle resident who is employed as an Essex County Sheriff’s Officer, is also an ordained minister who presides as pastor of the True Vine Baptist Church.

“We need a sheriff concerned about public safety and not one who mixes police work with politics,” said Mitchell, who said the incumbent has become so much a part of the corruption that plagues New Jersey.

Froehlich earned mention in “The Soprano State: New Jersey’s Culture of Corruption,” a book by veteran journalists Bob Ingle and Sandy McClure.
Observers say Mitchell could pose a serious threat to Froehlich because most voters feel nobody should be in elected for 33 years and there has been a recent host of scandals in the sheriff’s office.

Just days after Froehlich was re-elected three years ago, 13-year-old Elijah Henderson was slain by a masked gunman while riding his bike in Elizabeth. Several high profile escapes and prisoner deaths have brought shame to the Union County Jail in recent years.

A lawsuit filed by a former sheriff’s officer who was the victim of sexual harassment and unlawful retaliation cost taxpayers $3 million.

Froehlich also hired as a $110,000 undersheriff a former bartender who had no law enforcement experience but plenty of political connections. Mitchell said hiring Assemblyman Joseph Cryan, who is the local political boss in Union Township, “is the epitome of polluting police work with politics.”

Mitchell is leading a slate of candidates running on the Democrats for Change ticket, but he declined to announce who would be joining his effort.

There are expected to be a number of contentious local races this year in Elizabeth, Roselle, Rahway and Plainfield.

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3 comments for “Mitchell Running For Sheriff

  1. Sota War
    May 30, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    does anyone have contact info for Dr. Mitchell’s campaign?

  2. April 14, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    At least Mitchell has law enforcement experience…What you should be asking is how can Ralph Froehlich hirer an bartender who had no law enforcement experience as an under sheriff … stop trying to deceive people phoenix6211 it’s clear your priories is for Froehlich’s shenanigans

  3. phoenix6211
    April 20, 2010 at 1:59 am

    I have one question….what does being an ESSEX COUNTY Sheriff and being a PASTOR of a church have to do with being qualified to run a City Jail? What really are his qualifications and experience, or for that matter…what is it he feels he can do that would be an improvement?

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