UNION COUNTY – Five prominent leaders – including the mayors of Roselle, Linden and Hillside — have endorsed Democrat Charles Mitchell, who is challenging 33-year incumbent Sheriff Ralph Froehlich in the June 8 primary election.
“I am proud to support Charles Mitchell for Sheriff,” said Linden Mayor Richard Gerbounka, a retired police captain. “Charles Mitchell represents the best in law enforcement. He is technically sound, he has proven his ability to work effectively with all segments of our communities and he has proven his ability to create a vision for the future. With his inclusive style, Charles will lead Union County law enforcement into the next decade.”
“After 33 years, it’s about time that there is a real chance for the voters to select a new Sheriff,” said Hillside Mayor Joseph Menza. “Charles Mitchell is experienced, skilled, tested and now ready to lead the outstanding professionals we have serving our county in the Sheriff’s Department.”
“I know Charles Mitchell very well,” said Roselle Mayor Garrett Smith. “He consistently demonstrates the utmost integrity, leadership and commitment to his work and his community.”
“Charles Mitchell has that rare combination of leadership ability and a genuine affinity for people,” said Carlos Trujillo, president of the Elizabeth Board of Education. “Those qualities have earned him respect and admiration. The citizens of Union County will be very well-served by his election to the office of Sheriff.”
“As a Baptist minister, Charles Mitchell has the highest level of ethics and I trust his commitment to delivering quality law enforcement services,” said Plainfield Councilman Adrian Mapp, a former county freeholder. “Charles Mitchell’s ability to develop and foster strong relationships, within both the community he serves and the law enforcement ranks, will allow him to maximize effectiveness through collaborative community policing at it’s best.”
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