Roxbury Attorney Heather Darling Takes Freeholder Oath; Fire Dept. Chiefs Sworn In

Roxbury lawyer Heather Darling is now a Morris County, New Jersey, Freeholder after beating three Republicans for the GOP nomination and then winning the county office against Democratic Party candidate Rozella Clyde, according to TapInto Roxbury.

Attorney Heather Darling being sworn-in as the new Morris County, New Jersey, Freeholder. The popular officer of the court beat three Republicans and one Democrat to achieve her victory.

The Republican, whose office is in Succasunna, was sworn-in to a 3-year term at the start of the board’s Friday, Jan. 5, reorganization session. Darling won election to the post in November. She replaces former Morris County Freeholder Hank Lyon, of Montville, who did not seek re-election.

Darling won the GOP nomination for the freeholder seat by defeating three other GOP candidates: Dave Scapicchio, Nicholas Platt and Mike Crispi. She then beat Democrat challenger Rozella Clyde in the general election.

Many county and statewide officials were in attendance including U.S. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen; U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance, Morris County Sheriff Jim Gannon, State Sen. Tony Bucco, state Assemblyman Anthony Bucco, newly elected state Sen. Kristin Corrado and her running mate state Assemblyman-elect Chris DePhillips. Also there was Morris County Clerk Ann Grossi, Morris County Republican Club Finance Chairman Ron DeFilippis and former Morris County Young Republican Club Chairman Joseph Bock.


Besides the election of Freeholder Heather Darling, Roxbury residents watched as firefighters in their dress uniforms lined the back wall of town hall as the Roxbury Township Clerk Amy Rhead accepted oaths of office from Kirk Keyes, Sam Manganella, Kyle Hoffman and Robert Hackett.

Keyes was sworn-in as chief of the full department while Manganella was named first assistant chief, Hoffman named second assistant chief and Hackett named third assistant chief.

Edited by Jim Kouri

Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show.. He's former chief of police at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter's University and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.

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