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Gannon Leads... cont. from previous page tional Registry of Historic Places. In order to provide better security for judges, crime victims and defendants, the building needs some redesigning, says Gannon. “It’s very difficult” to

get around the facility for persons in wheelchairs or disabilities, he says. “You can’t do it by yourself.” Gannon says “I’m very pleased freeholders are taking the initiative to further these efforts. There will be great opportunity for im-

provements.” Gannon says his “number one responsibility is the protection of the people.” He wants to ensure that people who come to the courthouse can come in to speak to the judge without intimidation. He also needs

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to safeguard crime victims, family members and visitors to the courthouse to prevent conflicted contact with the opposing party. Using correctional officers to help protect the courthouse is being considered for additional safety measures, he says. “I’m here to protect all the people,” stresses Gannon. “It’s serious business; I like to have fun but I’m a real serious guy when it comes down to it.” Another issue is opiate addiction in the county and the state, says Gannon. His plan is to have a housing unit at the county jail as well as a partnership with Morris County Vo-tech so inmates, once released, can continue their services while going for their GED and eventually a job. “Last year, 62 people died in Morris County [from opium abuse], 21 to 71 years of age, all socio-economics, all races, all age groups, all levels of education,” says Gannon. “They are addicted maybe through oxycodone, or wis-

dom tooth pulled or a broken arm.” Gannon says “We are developing a system to assist with interventions to bring hope to the user. These users are our family, they’re our friends, they’re our neighbors. If people are distributing, they need to be cut off; to cut the head off the snake. We are going to make a difference.” Also on Gannon’s radar is to introduce a voluntary domestic abuse program “to discontinue that cycle of violence,” he says. In March, he plans to start a bracelet program as an alternative to incarceration, an in-home detention program for inmates not charged with violent crimes. This way those involved in minor crimes will be given an opportunity to stay home and not be incarcerated in order to continue working and care for their families. Gannon has made some personnel changes, placing an undersheriff at the correctional facility, hiring an undersheriff at the Bureau

of Law Enforcement, a new administrator and senior analyst. “In four weeks we made a lot of improvements.” He also has started some new programs such as senior fraud presentations in the Bureau Law Enforcement to help seniors who are victims of fraud, has been speaking to groups on counter terrorism and opium abuse and has taken “a very serious approach” to modernizing technologies and sharing information. With all that he has planned, Gannon says, “I think we have a very bright future. I came in here to make a difference. It’s been exciting for me to steer the ship. It’s a seven day week job. I have high expectations. “I report to the people of Morris County,” he concludes. “The concerns of the people are my concerns. I have to listen to the people; I take that very seriously. That’s my table of organization.”

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