Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Saudino in Bergen

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Saudino in Bergen

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BERGEN COUNTY Sheriff Michael Saudino has twice won office by running as a Republican. Now he seeks a third term running as a Democrat. While we might question, as others have, the political motives behind Saudino's switch of political party, we cannot question his commitment to public service, or the experience he's gained in 45 years as a law enforcement officer.

All that experience has come in handy as Saudino, the former police chief in Emerson, helped shepherd through the realignment of Bergen County law enforcement. In that consolidation, the Bergen County Police Department was absorbed into the sheriff's department. This was Bergen County Executive James Tedesco's signature policy change, and Saudino has been on the front lines in making it work.

Indeed, after years of seeing acrimony across county government, Bergen residents have been witness lately to an era of greater cooperation, where the county executive, the sheriff, and Bergen County's acting prosecutor, Gurbir Grewal, all seem to be on the same page. This cooperative spirit can be easily seen in the concerted efforts taken up in the battle against the deadly heroin epidemic.

In his bid for reelection, Saudino is opposed by Republican Manuel Alfonso of Cresskill. Alfonso serves as chief investigator for the New Jersey Department of Corrections, and has worked in law enforcement for 27 years. He has not previously run for public office. …

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