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About Sheriff Michael Saudino
 

Sheriff Michael Saudino is a 53 year resident of Bergen County and has been a veteran of law enforcement for over 41 years.  Prior to becoming Sheriff in 2011, he spent nine years as Chief of Police in the Borough of Emerson. Under his watch, Emerson has stayed a safe and prosperous town to live and work in. Sheriff Saudino has always made it a priority to be responsible with public money – he has done so by keeping his operating budgets low while still providing the highest levels of service to the community.

Sheriff Saudino has always believed in a responsibility to serve. He is a member of the Nam Knights Motorcycle Club – a service organization made up of veterans and police officers. Sheriff Saudino is a 20-year member of the Emerson Volunteer Fire Department, where he formerly served as President. Sheriff Saudino is a 3rd-Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus. Throughout 2010, Sheriff Saudino served as President of the Bergen County Police Chiefs Association, where he was known to be a champion of increased communication between Bergen County’s police departments.

Since taking office, Sheriff Saudino has been credited with numerous initiatives undertaken by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office.  In 2011, continuing his message of increased communication with local law enforcement agencies, the BCSO held the first-ever countywide Chief for a Day celebration.  The celebration is designed to brighten the lives of local children with chronic health conditions.  The inspirational program provides children and their families with a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of law enforcement.

That same year, Sheriff Saudino, along with a host of state and local law enforcement officials announced their support for the HERO Campaign for Designated Drivers, a non-profit organization that promotes the use of non-drinking designated drivers to prevent drunken driving tragedies nationwide.  The ceremony was held in Hackensack at the Bergen County Justice to mark better awareness for the program in northern New Jersey. 

In April of 2013, the Sheriff’s Office, along with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s held a countywide gun buyback program, where residents who wished to do so would voluntarily give back any unwanted or non-operational weapons.  The program netted a total of 1,345 firearms over two days.  The amount is more than twice what was collected in 2010, the last time a buyback was held. 

The Sheriff has also been recognized for his effective management and leadership in office.  More than 11,000 hours of Overtime have been eliminated over the last two years, and historic cuts to the budget have been realized in real dollars, all while never compromising public safety.  In July of 2013, the Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders unanimously awarded Sheriff Saudino with the Bergen County Taxpayer Advocate Award.  More recently in October, the State Troopers Coalition honored Sheriff Saudino with the Man of the Year Award for his outstanding public service and accomplishments in office. 

First elected in November of 2010, Sheriff Saudino was recently reelected to serve a second term in November of 2013.

He resides in Emerson with his wife, Gina.  His son, Michael Jr., is a Sergeant with the Borough of Haworth Police Department in Bergen County.

 
Sheriff Michael Saudino