Sussex County Sheriff’s Office

Sussex County Sheriff’s Office
39 High Street, Newton, NJ 07860 • TEL: 973.579.0850 FAX: 973.579.7884
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Mission Statement

The Sussex County Sheriff’s Office dedicates itself to protecting the life and property of the citizens of the county, providing primary and support services to all law enforcement agencies, along with maintaining traditional sheriff’s services. The office recognizes that the ability to successfully complete this mission is based on mutual respect and responsibility, shared by all agencies, and most importantly the citizens it serves. As professionals, we are duty bound to enforce the laws in a fair and impartial manner, recognizing both the statutory and judicial limitations of police authority, and at all times, protecting the constitutional rights of all persons.

Sheriff Michael F. Strada

Sheriff Michael F. Strada

Sheriff Mike Strada, who has been involved in public service all his life, is serving his second three-year term as Sussex County Sheriff.

After graduating high school in 1987, Sheriff Strada enlisted in the military and served for four years as a sergeant with the 82nd Airborne Division out of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm and served in both Iraq and Saudi Arabia. While in the military, he was an explosives expert and assigned to a Parachute Infantry Regiment. During his military career, he was awarded the Southwest Asia Service Medal with two bronze stars, Kuwait Liberation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Parachutist Badge and the Army Achievement Medal.

After being honorably discharged from the military, Sheriff Strada went on to pursue a career in law enforcement and graduated from the Morris County Firefighters and Police Training Academy (now known as the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy) in 1993. He began his law enforcement career with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office where he was assigned to the Criminal Investigation/Crime Lab Unit. In 1995, Sheriff Strada joined the Mt. Olive Township Police Department and was assigned to the Patrol Division where he served for ten years. In 2005, he moved up to the Investigations Division where he served as a detective for the duration of his tenure with Mt. Olive. Over the course of his career with Mt. Olive, Strada was the recipient of numerous departmental awards including the 1998 Knights of Columbus Shield Award, Morris County 200 Club 2001 Valor Award, three lifesaving awards, four honorable service awards, three meritorious service awards, an educational achievement award and a military service award.

Sheriff Strada has an associate’s degree in criminal justice, a bachelor’s degree in administrative science from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a master’s degree, also from Fairleigh Dickinson, in administration. Law enforcement certifications and training include FBI Police Supervision and Management, Northeast Counterdrug Training Center: Leadership and Mastering Performance Management, Supervision Principles, Police Supervision, Organizational Leadership, and Practical Homicide Investigation. In addition to being a graduate of both the FBI National Academy and the executive leadership program at the National Sheriffs’ Institute (NSI), he is also a certified field training officer and police academy instructor.

Sheriff Strada serves as the second vice president of the Sheriffs’ Association of New Jersey and is a member of the Newton VFW, National Rifle Association, Branchville American Legion, St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Sussex County Chamber of Commerce, New Jersey Italian American Police Officers Association, New Jersey Fraternal Order of Police, Sussex County Chiefs of Police Association, and he represents his voting district on the Republican county committee in Sussex County.

Sheriff Strada resides with his wife and three children in Hampton Township.

Bureau of Law Enforcement

Undersheriff Keith Armstrong

Undersheriff Keith Armstrong

Undersheriff Keith Armstrong, a lifelong resident of Sussex County, graduated from Newton High School and started his public service career by enlisting in the U.S. Army. He served three years as a military policeman, both stateside and overseas, and was the recipient of a Good Conduct Medal.

Undersheriff Armstrong has thirty years of service in municipal police departments, working for Andover Township, Roxbury and then Hardyston, where he served as chief of police. Over the course of his municipal career, Undersheriff Armstrong was a recipient of the following awards: a Military Service Award from the Hardyston Police Department; Chief of Police award from the Sparta chapter of UNICO; Chief of the Year award from D.A.R.E. New Jersey; Exceptional Duty Award from both the Hardyston Police Department and PBA Local 138; a President Service award from the Sussex County Detectives Association; and two awards for ranking first in class from the Morris County Firefighters and Police Training Academy (now known as the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy).

Undersheriff Armstrong is certified by the New Jersey Police Training Commission as a police instructor and has taught at the police academies in Bergen, Morris, Passaic and Sussex counties. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at Sussex County Community College.

Undersheriff Armstrong is a member of and/or an affiliate of the New Jersey State Association of Shared Services Coordinators; Sussex County Chiefs of Police Association; State of New Jersey Chiefs of Police Association; National Association of Chiefs of Police; International Association of Chiefs of Police; International Counter-Terrorism Association; Law Enforcement Executive Development Association; FBI National Academy Associates; Sussex County P.B.A. Local 138; Hardyston Township P.B.A. Local 374; and the Sussex County Detectives Association.

Undersheriff Armstrong has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a master’s degree, also from Fairleigh Dickinson, in administrative science with a certificate in Global Leadership. His professional certifications and training include Certified Chief Law Enforcement Executive, West Point Command and Leadership Program, FBI National Academy and New Jersey Certified Public Manager.

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Warden Mark Farsi

Warden Mark Farsi

Warden Mark Farsi, who has over three decades of experience in the law enforcement field, was appointed as warden to the Keogh-Dwyer Correctional Facility by Sheriff Michael F. Strada in July 2015.

Warden Farsi began his professional career in New York City as a correction officer. In 1989, he was promoted to the rank of captain. Between 1996 and 2004, he served the New York City Department of Correction in the positions of assistant deputy warden, deputy warden, deputy warden in command and warden.

He then moved on to the sheriff’s office in Norfolk, Virginia where he spent more than four years as chief—the second-highest position in a department that employs a staff of more than 500 in a jail, three courts and three division departments.

In the fall of 2008, Warden Farsi returned to New York City as field manager for Allied Barton Security Services, where he coordinated the day-to-day team efforts of field supervisors in a region that includes some 5,000 security officers and managers. He remained in that position until joining the NJDOC in 2010 as deputy commissioner.

As deputy commissioner, he was responsible for the daily management of a department that included nearly 10,000 employees, 13 correctional institutions and 25,000 state-sentenced offenders housed in prisons, county jails and community halfway houses.

Warden Farsi has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his professional career. Most recently, he was chosen to receive the 2012 Achievement of the Year Award from the Trenton Chapter of the Association of Government Accountants for his role in developing, implementing and improving the financial management of the NJDOC, resulting in a reduction in overtime expenditures of more than $13 million. He also completed the National Institute of Corrections Executive Excellence Program.

Warden Farsi serves as a subject matter expert for the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center’s Corrections Technology Center of Excellence and advised on two projects—the development of a user guide to cell phone forensics technology and the evaluation of commercially available handheld cell phone detectors. He also serves on the NJ Regional Operations Intelligence Center - Fusion Center Governance Board/Working Group.

Warden Farsi was selected, on behalf of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Naval Postgraduate School, to participate in the Center for Homeland Defense and Security’s Executive Leaders Program. The goal of this program is to provide a deeper understanding of the current and emerging homeland security issues, public policy debates, the terrorist threat and evolving best practices, as well as provide the educational opportunity for our nation’s homeland security leaders to develop strategies, policies, and organizational elements needed to defeat terrorism in the United States. He graduated February 2015 from ELP-1401.

Warden Farsi is an active member of the American Jail Association and the New Jersey County Jail Warden’s Association. He continues to serve on multiple panels sponsored by the NJDOC to discuss various fundamental concepts in the criminal justice system.

Sheriff Michael Strada