Still No Decision Made On Polhemus Replacement

Longtime Ocean County Sheriff died almost two months ago

Gov. Chris Christie has yet to name a replacement for longtime Ocean County Sheriff William L. Polhemus, who died almost two months ago.

Undersheriff William T. Sommeling has been running the department since Polhemus died on Dec. 14.

"Governor Christie has not made a decision on a replacement at this point," said Sean Conner, a spokesman for the governor's office. "When that determination is made by the Governor, it will be made known publicly in the normal course of such announcements."

Polhemus, 84, died little more than a month after he had been elected to another three-year term as sheriff, following a medical procedure.

Polhemus would have entered his 28th year as sheriff in 2013. During the campaign, some questioned whether the aging sheriff would be able to perform his duties.

Polhemus, a Republican, declined to debate with his two opponents and never responded to Patch's numerous requests for an interview.

But he won re-election easily, garnering nearly 56 percent of the vote for sheriff with 110,450 votes. Democratic challenger George "Bob" Armstrong garnered 82,031 votes cast, and Independent John McMenamin received less than 3 percent, with 5,140 votes.

Polhemus' replacement must be a Republican, who will serve until the November election, according to state statute. Sources have said longtime Toms River Police Chief Michael G. Mastronardy is high up on the list for a successor.

"Bob" Armstrong February 06, 2013 at 03:07 PM
Are you joking? He's a Gilmore clone....."Bob" A.
Tip Semone February 06, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Bob Armstrong couldn't find a criminal if he visited the county jail. Just another pencil pushing bureaucrat. Mastronardy answers call and knows what is going on. He's hands on and not a wannabe like Armstrong.
Tip Semone February 06, 2013 at 06:37 PM
What would Ocean County get with Bob Armstrong? Another member of the over the hill gang. Time for new blood and a gogetter named Mastronardy.
grace February 06, 2013 at 06:46 PM
i really thought it was going to be mastronardy with boyd being his bud as undersherriff...dont know, now that i watched the two of them joking and talking behind the governor during a speech in seaside .. they acted like children giggling etc
1stcav February 07, 2013 at 12:12 AM
If they could ( GOP ) they would prop up our Old sheriff, declare a recovery and carry on as usual in O.C. Prase the Lord , he's alive and cashing his check once again , it's a sign from above from Boss Hog !!! Can I get an Amen ! Hog wash ! It's a done deal, long ago...


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