Union County Sheriff Ralph Froehlich
Ralph Froehlich, a Union resident, was first elected Sheriff of Union County in 1977 and is currently in his 12th term. He is the longest-serving County Sheriff in New Jersey history.
A career law enforcement officer, he was a member of the Elizabeth Police Department for almost 20 years, attaining the rank of lieutenant. He received numerous commendations, including the New Jersey PBA Valor Award, Policeman of the Year and the Elizabeth Police Merit Awards. He is also a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.
A 1975 graduate of Kean College, he attended the Northwestern University Traffic Institute in 1968 and is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Honor Society.
During his tenure as Sheriff he instituted a nationally recognized fingerprinting program for children and launched a K-9 Search and Rescue Unit and a Domestic Violence Unit. He has received six national awards for administrative leadership.
In December 2010, the Union County Sheriff’s Office was recommended for Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) certification as part of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Accreditation Alliance Program.
In an effort to share services with other law enforcement agencies, Sheriff Froehlich implemented a Municipal Transportation Program to assist local police departments in transporting their prisoners to and from jail allowing local officers to remain in their communities.
Sheriff Froehlich also launched the Sheriff’s Labor Assistance Program (S.L.A.P.), an alternative to incarceration for non-violent offenders to work details supervised by the Sheriff’s Office in all 21 Union County municipalities. The program, started in 1993, has save Union County taxpayers millions of dollars through labor hours and the costs of incarceration.
The Sheriff has been responsible for distributing the “Play It Safe” booklet designed to educate adults and children of the dangers which exit in society today. He has also implemented several gun safety programs for children and teens including three educational videos available in schools throughout Union County.
The Sheriff is a past president of the National Jail Mangers Association, served four terms as President of the New Jersey Sheriff’s Association, is a member of the board of the Salvation Army, and Urban League. He has been President of the New Jersey County Officers Association and member of the Sheriff/Judicial Liaison Court Security Committee.