ELIZABETHTOWN — Essex County Sheriff Richard Cutting says he will run for re-election.
If he wins voter OK, this would be his second four-year elected term.
He was previously appointed by the County Board of Supervisors to fill part of Henry Hommes’s unexpired term, after Hommes died in office in 2010.
Cutting was then elected to the office for his first full term in November 2010.
Standing on the steps of the Old County Courthouse in Elizabethtown, he pointed to his long career with the Sheriff’s Department.
“I have worked for public safety as an officer of the Essex County Sheriff for almost 37 years, with the last 3½ as sheriff, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to add four more,” the Elizabethtown resident said.
“The Essex County Republican Committee has given me their full endorsement.”
He said he’s also seeking the Essex County Conservative Party endorsement.
Petitions for the post started circulating last week, and Republican Committee members throughout the county got theirs to take around after the party met in Elizabethtown this week, he said.
So far, Cutting said, he hasn’t learned of anyone running against him.
Essex County Democratic Party Chairwoman Bethany Kosmider said Friday that her party will not be fielding a candidate to run against Cutting.
The sheriff said he plans to introduce the Offender Watch app for smartphones soon, something that will allow people to set geographic parameters and get an alert if a sex offender moves into their neighborhood or near a school.
The Sheriff's Department will license the app from its vendor.
“Right now, we’re inputting addresses for all the schools,” he said. “The addresses of the sex offenders also have to be entered from our database.”
He said deputies check and verify addresses of convicted sex offenders in the county several times a year to make sure they’re up to date.