Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Saudino Takes Oath for 2nd Sheriff Term

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Saudino Takes Oath for 2nd Sheriff Term

Article excerpt

Even though they patrolled different towns, Joe Madden and Michael Saudino worked together more than 20 years ago when they picked up part-time security shifts at an off-price clothing retailer in Paramus.

In the following years, they moved up the ladders in their police departments, with Saudino becoming police chief in Emerson and Madden attaining the same post in Park Ridge. Then Saudino went a step further in 2010 by running for Bergen County sheriff and winning. He ran for a second term in 2013 and won handily against Democratic challenger James Mordaga, a former county public safety director from Mahwah.

On Sunday, Madden lauded his friend's success at Saudino's swearing-in ceremony at the Bergen County Justice Center in Hackensack. More than 500 people attended, including police officers of all ranks.

"This is a perfect example of how hard work and perseverance lead to success," Madden said.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, a former Monmouth County sheriff, administered the oath of office and said the county was fortunate to have Saudino "in these dangerous times."

Saudino inspired his son, Michael Saudino Jr., to become a police officer. He's now a sergeant in Haworth, and spoke of the "absolute pride I feel to call this county sheriff my dad."

"Thank you for being my hero," Michael said, his voice breaking.

Saudino touted his cost-cutting measures during the ceremony, and his willingness to cross party lines despite being a Republican committed to smaller government. …

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