Sheriff Kim Guadagno was born in Waterloo, Iowa, moving all over the country as a child before she made New Jersey her home. Her husband, Mike, grew up in Monmouth County where they decided to raise their three boys, Kevin, Michael and Anderson. After graduating from Ursinus College in 1980 and then American University law school in 1983, Kim began her public career as a federal prosecutor where she earned a reputation as being tough and independent. She started out working in Brooklyn for the Organized Crime and Racketeering Strike Force. When Kim married her husband they decided they wanted to raise their family in New Jersey so she moved to the United States Attorney’s office in Newark, New Jersey. Kim started out working in fraud and worked her way up to become the Deputy Chief of the Corruption Unit. She led major corruption and fraud cases against both Republican and Democratic officials. She led the prosecution of Republican Somerset Prosecutor Nicholas Bissell, who was indicted on 30 counts of fraud for criminal activity. Kim also successfully prosecuted Tom D’Alessio of Essex County for extortion, money laundering and bribery. Throughout her career at the U.S Attorney’s Office, Kim was recognized twice by the Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney’s Office for her achievement. She received the U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Award and the U.S. Attorney’s Office Special Achievement Award. After leaving the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Kim went on to serve as Assistant Attorney General. She served as the Deputy Director of the Division of Criminal Justice, where she was in charge of statewide criminal prosecutions, managing 300 prosecutors and investigators. After leaving the Attorney General’s office in 2001, Kim continued her commitment to public service, serving on both the Monmouth Beach planning board and later as Commissioner from 2005 – 2007. In 2007 Kim became the first female Sheriff of Monmouth County. As Sheriff of Monmouth County, Kim is the Chief Executive of Monmouth County’s largest law enforcement agency. She manages a 650 member, $65 million agency encompassing a law enforcement division, a 1,328 bed maximum security correctional facility, a youth detention center and a police communications/9-1-1 emergency dispatch center. Since becoming Sheriff, Kim has pursued an aggressive agenda to fight crime, strengthen community outreach and enact innovative initiatives. The Monmouth County Sheriff's Office has achieved the unprecedented, "Grand Slam" achievement of national accreditation in five major areas of operation. It is the only agency of 3,088 across the United States to earn this distinction. Since 2003 Sheriff Guadagno has been teaching legal research and writing at Rutgers University Law School.
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