TOMS RIVER -Toms River Police Chief Michael G. Mastronardy was nominated by the Ocean County Republican Club to run as their candidate for sheriff in this year’s November election.
One of his likely opponents will be Bob Armstrong, a Democrat who ran for the position last year.
Armstrong said he will be in the running again,and hopes to be chosen as the Ocean County Democrat Club’s nomination at their annual convention later this month.
Chief Mastronardy was appointed to his current position in 1992.
Governor Chris Christie has yet to officially appoint an interim sheriff.
Chief Mastronardy has gained a reputable public image in the past two years, leading his department through two major hurricanes and several floods, while being tasked for the safety of township of 90,000 residents, many of whom were negatively affected by Hurricane Sandy last fall.
On December 14th, 2012, Ocean County Sheriff William L. Polhemus passed away just one month after he won his reelection bid.
In the interim, Undersheriff William Sommeling is acting sheriff for Ocean County.
Sheriff Polhemus graduated the New Jersey Police Academy in 1951 and was previously captain of the Seaside Heights Police Department after a 35-year career.
In 1985, he became sheriff of Ocean County and oversaw the department as the county’s population nearly doubled during his tenure.
Born April 7th, 1928, he is survived by his wife, Agnes, a Seaside Heights councilwoman.