MIDDLSEX COUNTY – Middlesex County Sheriff Mildred S. Scott is re-establishing the position of undersheriff as part of an effort to build stronger relationships between county and local law enforcement and to enhance operational efficiencies in the department.
Kevin B. Harris, who served as chief of the Piscataway Township Police Department for nine years and as president of the Middlesex County Association of Chiefs of Police, will assume the role.
Scott said Harris’ administrative experience, as well as his additional 18 years of experience working his way up from patrol officer to captain, make him uniquely qualified to be undersheriff, which is second in command to the sheriff and assists in overseeing all department operations.
“Kevin Harris will be an incredible asset to the Sheriff’s Department,” Scott said. “He will be able to draw on 27 years’ police administration and beat knowledge and can easily translate that into this position as we work toward building stronger relationships with our local law enforcement partners.”
Sheriff’s officers have daily interaction with local police departments when transporting prisoners. In addition, Scott said several joint task forces consisting of county and local officers exist. She said she looks to strengthen and expand these units in an effort to better serve the people of Middlesex County.
“I worked with Kevin when he was an officer and I was chief here; I worked with him when I served as a Piscataway Township councilwoman and he was the Piscataway chief,” Scott said. “I know his work ethic and his background, and I know that he is the right person to move our plans along and enhance the safety and security of our residents.”
A graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, Harris managed a department with a $10.5 million budget and more than 120 full- and part-time employees. During his tenure as police chief, the crime rate in Piscataway decreased by nearly 7 percent. He established community policing programs, oversaw technology upgrades in the department and worked closely with Rutgers University on event security, traffic control and enforcement details.
Scott said Harris’ hiring begins a restructuring of the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department that will bring greater efficiency and focus on day-to-day operations.
She said this move alone will save Middlesex County taxpayers more than $90,000 each year while continuing to enhance public safety.
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