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Sheriff Michael F. Strada
Sheriff Mike Strada, who has been involved in public service all his life, began a three year term as Sussex County Sheriff on January 1, 2011.
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 and a bachelor’s degree in administrative science as well as a number of other law enforcement certifications and training including 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 the executive leadership program at the National Sheriffs’ Institute (NSI), he is also a certified field training officer and police academy instructor.
Sheriff Strada 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 and his wife Kim reside in Hampton Township where they are raising their three children, Shane, Dylan and Brianna.
Bureau of Law Enforcement
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.
Bureau of Corrections
Undersheriff Homer E. Wanamaker, Sr.
Undersheriff Homer Wanamaker, who joined the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office as an investigator in November 2003, became undersheriff for the Bureau of Corrections on October 1, 2011.
As an investigator, Undersheriff Wanamaker was responsible for conducting internal affairs investigations, criminal investigations pertaining to both the corrections and law enforcement bureaus, all motor vehicle crashes involving sheriff’s office vehicles and new hire background investigations. He also assisted the New Jersey State Police’s Central Security Unit with threats directed against Sussex County Superior Court judges and staff.
Undersheriff Wanamaker began his law enforcement career with the New Jersey State Police in 1978. He initially served as a general road duty trooper out of the Newton and Netcong barracks. From 1980 to 1984, he was assigned to the Troop “B” T.E.A.M.S. unit as a technical and emergency specialist. Wanamaker went on to serve as a sergeant from 1988 to 1998, during which time he was assigned to numerous units including the Executive Protection Unit, Planning Bureau, State Governmental Security Bureau/Operations Unit, State Governmental Security Bureau/Administrative Support Unit and the State House Complex Security Unit.
Undersheriff Wanamaker was promoted to the rank of sergeant first class in 1998 where he was the unit supervisor for the State Governmental Security Bureau at the Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex Security Unit. In 2002, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and served in that capacity until his retirement from the New Jersey State Police in 2003.
Wanamaker graduated from Nyack High School in New York and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut and a master’s degree in general education from Seton Hall University.