Six staff members of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, five uniformed and one civilian, have successfully completed the prestigious New Jersey Certified Public Manager Program from Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration, according to an announcement by Sheriff Shaun Golden.
Golden himself completed the program in 2004 while he was a police officer in Toms River.
The new graduates are Sgt. David Wentworth, Sgt. Jose Rivera and Sgt. Joel Fischer of the Law Enforcement Division, Capt. Rene Roberts and Lt. Jason McCauley of the Correctional Division and Andrew Calvo, IT Director. Rivera was nominated for the Askew Award, a top honor from the American Academy of Certified Public Managers that recognizes exemplary work in completing the recipient’s CPM project.
“As public servants, it’s vital that challenges are dealt with in the most professional and effective manner,” said Golden. “This program does that by providing the core skills our participants can grow and build on as committed leaders. By attaining this coveted certification, it helps ensure that Monmouth County residents will receive the highest standards of service.”
“I’m grateful to have been provided with such a great opportunity,” Rivera said. “The CPM program enabled me to enhance my understanding of the responsibilities I have as a sergeant and excel in the necessary skills needed to become an effective leader.”
Rivera is the second member of Golden’s five star accredited staff to be nominated for the Askew Award. Sgt. Denise Palmisano, a 2014 CPM graduate was a recipient of the Askew Award for the 2012-2015 class.