The 1947 New Jersey State Constitution mandated that sheriffs be elected to a three-year term. Previously terms were for a single year with a maximum of three consecutive terms. As of 2010 Shaun Golden is the 76th Sheriff of Monmouth County.[1][2]

Royal sheriffs[]

They were:[3]

Order Term Sheriff Notes
01 1683 Eliakim Wardell He served from May 31, 1683 to November 1684. Eliakim Wardell was the first Royal Sheriff of Monmouth County, New Jersey. Previous to Wardell's appointment Lewis Morris Jr. was appointed to the position but declined to serve. Richard Hartshorne was then appointed. and he also declined to serve.[3] Wardell was appointed sheriff on May 31, 1683 by Deputy Governor Thomas Rudyard pursuant to "An Act to Appoint Sheriffs", approved by the Legislature of East New Jersey on March 1, 1682.[4] The legislation provided for a term of one year; Wardell was succeeded in office by Robert Hamilton.
02 1684 Robert Hamilton
1696 to 1699 Samuel Foreman
1700 John Stewart
1715 Gideon Crawford
1722 William Nicholls
1760 to 1762 John Taylor
1775 Elisha Lawrence Elisha Lawrence was the last Royal Sheriff of Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Sheriffs after 1775[]

The sheriffs were:[3][5]

Order Term Sheriff Notes
01 1776 Nicholas Van Brunt Nicholas Van Brunt was the first Sheriff of Monmouth County, New Jersey after independence.
02 1779 David Forman
03 1782 John Burrowes Jr.
04 1785 David Ehea
05 1788 Daniel Hendrickson
06 1790 Elisha Walton
07 1793 William Lloyd
08 1796 James Lloyd
09 1799 Samuel P. Formau
10 1802 Elisha Walton
11 1805 James Lloyd
12 1808 David Craig
13 1811 Lewis Gordon
14 1814 Charles Parker
15 1817 John J. Ely This was his first term. He was born on April 7, 1778. He served as the Director of the Monmouth County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders and as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly. He died on January 11, 1852. His son, Horatio Ely, would later serve as sheriff.
16 1820 James Lloyd
17 1823 Richard Lloyd
18 1825 John J. Ely This was his second term.
19 1828 Daniel Holmes
20 1831 John M. Perrine
21 1834 Thomas Miller
22 1837 Horatio Ely
23 1838 Abraham G. Neafie
24 1841 Charles Allen
25 1844 Holmes Conover
26 1847 Samuel Conover
27 1850 John C. Cox
28 1853 Holmes Conover
29 1856 Samuel Conover
30 1859 Joseph I. Thompson
31 1862 Jordan Woolley His son was the Mayor of Long Branch, New Jersey.
32 1865 William B. Sutphin
33 1868 John H. Patterson
34 1871 Samuel T. Hendrickson
35 1874 George W. Brown
36 1878 Charles Allen
37 1881 John L. Thompson
38 1884 Theodore Aumack
39 1887 Theodore Fields He served from 1887 to 1890. He was the father of Houston Fields. Theodore Fields was born in 1839 near Eatontown, New Jersey. He was educated at Ocean Hill Institute in Long Branch.[6] A farmer in Eatontown, he went into the hotel business purchasing Osborn House (New Jersey) in Avon-by-the-Sea and Manasquan (then known as Swuan), before locating in Wall Township before returning to farming.[6] At the May 14, 1884 annual reorganization, Fields was chosen as Director of the Monmouth County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders and served as Director for three years.[7] Fields was appointed to the unexpired term of Freeholder Samuel M. Gifford, who had died in office, and served on the board until May 1, 1887. After leaving the Board of Chosen Freeholders, Fields was nominated as the 1887 Democratic candidate for sheriff, and was elected to a three-year term in the general election that year. While sheriff, Fields relocated to Freehold, the county seat.[6] Constitutionally limited to one, three-year term, he left office in 1890, eventually returning to farming. A son, Houston Fields, would go on to serve as sheriff from 1896 to 1899.
40 1891 Ruliff P. Smock This is his first term.
41 1893 Matthias Woolley He served from 1893 to 1895. Matthias Woolley was the first Republican Sheriff of Monmouth County. He moved to Freehold, New Jersey and hired Houston Fields as his deputy sheriff and John A. Howland as his confidential clerk. He served as a member of the board of education of the Long Branch Public Schools for 16 years and was the district's treasurer for six years.[8]
42 1896 Houston Fields He served from 1896 to 1899. Fields was born on October 23, 1861 near Eatontown, New Jersey. He was educated in the Manasquan Public Schools, at the Freehold Institute, and in the Long Branch Public Schools. He was admitted to the bar in June of 1894, and as a Master in Chancery in 1896. After working for five years for the Pennsylvania Railroad, Houston Fields was appointed in 1887 as Under Sheriff and warden of the county jail by his father, Sheriff Theodore Fields. He would continue to serve under sheriffs of both parties before being elected to a three-year term as sheriff in 1896. Houston Fields was active in many Masonic and fraternal organizations in Monmouth County.[8]
43 1899 Ruliff P. Smock This is his second term.
1902 to 1913
1914 Cornelius B. Barkalow
1917 Elmer Hendrickson Geran He served from 1917 to 1920. He was a member of the Democratic Party. He was born on October 24, 1875. He represented New Jersey's 3rd congressional districtWp globe tiny.gif from 1923 to 1925. He died on January 12, 1954.
1920 Walter H. Gravatt
1921 to 1964
72 1965 Paul Kiernan He served from 1965 to 1980, for five terms and also served as the Mayor of Long Branch.[9]
73 1980 William McKinley Lanzaro He served from 1980 to 1995, for five terms. A son of Joseph Lanzaro, the Mayor of Marlboro Township, New Jersey. William Lanzaro grew up in Morganville, New Jersey. He attended the Marlboro Public Schools and Matawan Regional High School. He later moved to Matawan, where he went into business as the proprietor of Bill Lanzaro's Auto Sales, a Fiat dealership. Politically, he became involved in the Matawan Borough Republican Party, eventually becoming its chairman. He ran the successful 1970 campaign of Lillian G. Burry for borough council.[10] In 1977, Lanzaro unsuccessfully challenged longtime Democratic incumbent sheriff Paul Kiernan. Three years later, he was again the Republican candidate for sheriff, this time defeating Kiernan for a sixth, three year term. Lanzaro, who campaigned on the issue that he would be a full-time sheriff, would go on to serve five terms himself. Soon after taking office, Lanzaro was faced with a protest by inmates at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution who were demanding more privileges. The jail sustained some damage in the protest.[11] During Lanzaro's tenure, the Sheriff's Office began participating in the Ident-a-Kid program. Other reforms included the "pay or stay" sweeps, in which parents delinquent in their child support payments are arrested and held until payment is made.[12] By 1995, Lanzaro had had a falling out with some county Republican Party leaders, and was denied the party organization's endorsement for reelection that year. He challenged the organization-backed candidate, Joseph W. Oxley, in the Republican primary and was defeated for the Republican nomination. Afterward, he retired from political activity.
74 1996 Joseph W. Oxley He served from 1996 to 2007.[13]
75 2008 Kim Guadagno She served from January 1, 2008 to January 19, 2010.[14]
76 2010 Shaun Golden Shaun Golden is the 76th and current Sheriff of Monmouth County, New Jersey.[15][16] He holds a master's degree in administration from Seton Hall University. He has been a resident of Farmingdale.[17] Golden is a New Jersey Certified Public Manager and an adjunct professor at Monmouth University in the Department of Political Science and Public Policy.[18] Shaun Golden is a brother of Al Golden, head football coach at the University of Miami.[19]


  1. ^ "About Sheriff Shaun Golden". Retrieved 2018-02-02. 
  2. ^ "Members List: Sheriffs". Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey. Retrieved 2018-02-02. 
  3. ^ a b c History of Monmouth County, New Jersey. 1885. 
  4. ^ The Grants, Concessions and Original Constitutions of the Province of New Jersey, Aaron Leaming and Jacob Spicer; W. Bradford, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1758. p. 228
  5. ^ Sheriffs That Served Monmouth County, Monmouth County Sheriff's Office. Accessed February 3, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Wiley, Samuel T. (ed.) Biographical and portrait cyclopedia of the Third congressional district of New Jersey, p. 1003. Biographical Publishing Company, 1896.Accessed October 20, 2015. "Theodore Fields, father of our subject, was also born near Eatontown, and was educated at the old Ocean Hill Institute near Long Branch. He was a farmer near Eatontown up to 1887, when he removed to Freehold, and is still interested in farming, having a farm several miles from the latter place. He is a democrat, and was always deeply interested in the success of his party. He removed from the farm to New Branch, now called Avon, where he engaged in the hotel business for about two years. Afterwards he removed to Manasquan, having purchased the Osborne House at that place, and this hotel he conducted for the next six years. He then sold out and removed to the farm in Wall township, Monmouth county, and while living on the farm, in Nov., 1887, he was elected sheriff of the county. He then moved his family to Freehold, the county- seat, where he resided until the close of his term of office in 1890. He lived a life of retirement until 1S9 (J, when he again became interested in farming on his present farm near Freehold."
  7. ^ Minutes, Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders
  8. ^ a b Biographical And Portrait Cyclopedia Of The Third Congressional District Of New Jersey. 1896. 
  9. ^ "Paul Kiernan, former sheriff, in hospital", Asbury Park Press, May 17, 1989. Accessed February 3, 2018. "Paul Kiernan Sr., 83, a former Monmouth County Sheriff was in satisfactory condition at Monmouth Medical Center, here, a hospital spokeswoman said last night The hospital would not release more information last night ? Kiernan served as sheriff from 1965 to the early 1980s."
  10. ^ The Matawan Journal, November 5, 1970
  11. ^ "Jersey Jail Is Damaged In a Protest by Prisoners, The New York Times, April 26, 1981"
  12. ^ "States Using Stiff Methods To Collect Child Support, The New York Times, Wednesday, September 20, 1989"
  13. ^ Morgan, Sue. "Oxley: The Man Who Would be Judge? Kyrillos calls reports that Monmouth County GOP chairman and former sheriff will ascend to the bench 'premature.'", Middletown Patch, December 23, 2011. Accessed February 3, 2018. "Oxley, the county sheriff from 1996 to 2007, could not be reached for comment at press time."
  14. ^ Alfaro, Alyana. "Kim Guadagno Wins GOP Nod to Succeed Christie", New York Observer, June 6, 2017. Accessed February 3, 2018. "Guadagno, of Monmouth Beach, is a former federal prosecutor who was born in Iowa and served as Monmouth County sheriff from 2008 until 2010."
  15. ^ "About Sheriff Shaun Golden". Retrieved 2018-02-02. 
  16. ^ "Members List: Sheriffs". Constitutional Officers Association of New Jersey. Retrieved 2018-02-02. 
  17. ^ Biese, Alex. "GOP panel winnows field of sheriff hopefuls to 2", Asbury Park Press, March 18, 2007. Accessed August 10, 2012. "At its meeting Saturday at Republican headquarters in Freehold, the committee selected Shaun E. Golden of Farmingdale and Kimberly Guadagno of Monmouth Beach as the names to be forwarded on to the Republican convention to be held 9 a.m. March 24 at Brookdale Community College."
  18. ^ Biography of Sheriff Golden at Monmouth County Website
  19. ^ The Palm Beach Post, Miami Hurricanes coach Al Golden preaches to his players about the legacy of 'The U'