New Courthouse Entrance

Effective Monday, August 27, 2018, the new entrance to the Morris County Courthouse located on Court Street opened for public access to the Courthouse.

The public will no longer have access to the front doors of the historic Morris County Courthouse located on Washington Street.

Temporary exterior and interior signage will be used to guide visitors, as well as the placement of additional Morris County Sheriff’s Officers and Court employees to assist in this transitional period. Please remember to follow proper Courthouse entrance procedures.

Morris County Unveils “AlertMorris” Emergency Notification System

 Includes Potentially Lifesaving SMART911 Option 

The start-up of the “AlertMorris’’ emergency notification system, a countywide network to provide up-to-the-minute emergency messaging to residents throughout Morris County, is being jointly announced today by Morris County and many of its 39 municipalities.

Morris County Unveils AlertMorris will allow you to get emergency notifications in any manner you choose, including phone, email, text, or social media, so you can stay informed during major storms or other emergencies taking place throughout Morris County.

Each Morris County municipality will have the ability to get the right message to the right user at the right time from any device connected to the internet, and in just a few seconds.                                  

AlertMorris also offers a free Smart911 signup option for county residents, providing a greatly enhanced and potentially lifesaving 9-1-1 emergency call service for anyone who registers for it.

Please Sign Up: All county residents are encouraged to sign up.

Signing up is simple: Create your profile by visiting the Morris County website:  Just click on the green “Reverse 911 Signup” icon for your town to register through your municipal notification system.

Morris County government, through the Board of Freeholders and the Office of Emergency Management and the Morris County Communications 911 Center is financing AlertMorris and its Smart911 component at no cost to Morris County’s municipalities. **(see below)

“Under the AlertMorris banner, we are significantly improving our emergency notification capabilities to residents, businesses, and those who do business or travel through Morris County,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. ““It meets our increasing security and notification needs as we close in on the year 2020 and beyond.’’

Morris County Unveils Users have the ability to enter multiple addresses located in multiple jurisdictions within a single profile. If you care for a loved one who lives in another Morris County town and want to be notified of issues affecting that person’s municipality, your one registration process will satisfy that need.

Residents in the county’s 39 towns are likely to see the new countywide alert system under municipal banners, such as AlertChathamBorough, which has been created by Chatham Borough and is posted on the borough’s website.

AlertMorris replaces the county’s McUrgent and Everbridge systems, and may in the future replace other notification systems used by some of the county’s municipalities.

Morris County Unveils

Although all data from the county’s previous notification system has been exported to AlertMorris, which should provide for a seamless transfer process, previous users still are encouraged to re-register to ensure the new system has all of your pertinent information.

The Morris County Office of Emergency Management and 911 Communications Center team, in partnership with Rave Mobile Safety, developed this easy to use system that allows emergency alerts and mass notifications to efficiently reach the public.

Working with Rave Mobile Safety, the county first rolled out Smart911 in late 2017: County Unveils

Smart 911 is FREE, and your information is secure, accessible only to a 9-1-1 call taker.  This service can provide key information to responders that can make your family safer.  For example:

  • Address Details: How to access your home, number of bedrooms, location of utility shut-offs, and if you live in a multi-family building;
  • Family Details: Number of residents, ages, photos of children, and your landline and mobile phone numbers;
  • Medical Information: Medical conditions of certain residents, medications taken/required, allergies, mobility of residents, and if special equipment is needed in an emergency;
  • Animals: A list of your pets, service animals and livestock, and their names so responders are aware of them as they enter your home. Also, include the name of your veterinarian;
  • Emergency Contacts: Family members, friends or neighbors to be contacted in case of an emergency;
  • Vehicles: Make, model and license plate number in case of a motor vehicle accident.

Residents can offer as much or as little information to first responders through Smart911 as they wish.

For questions about AlertMorris or Smart911 contact your local police department or the Morris County Office of Emergency Management at 973-829-8600. And, please, sign up now!   


** While all county residents can register for Smart911, not all municipal dispatch centers are enrolled in the system. Currently, 24 of 39 municipal dispatch centers are connected. Some others have indicated they may join in the future.

 That does not mean that persons signing up in non-member towns can’t take advantage of the system. It depends on where the 911 call is received – and that can include cell phone calls made on the road that reach member dispatch services inside or outside of Morris County.

Sheriff James M. Gannon Announces Promotions of Two Sergeants

Both Leaders in New Jersey National Guard

Sheriff James M. Gannon announces the promotions of two (2) sergeants for the Morris County Sheriff’s Office. Corporal John Rospond was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and Detective/Corporal Doug Meyer was promoted to the rank of Detective/Sergeant. The officers were promoted in a ceremony held on August 6, 2018, in the Historic Courtroom of the Morris County Courthouse with family, colleagues and dignitaries present.

Sheriff James M. Gannon Announces Promotions of Two Sergeants
Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon discusses the importance of the Historic Courtroom during the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Promotion Ceremony on August 6, 2018.

Sheriff James M. Gannon began the ceremony pointing out the significance of being in the 191 year old courtroom down the street from where the Morris County Sheriff’s Office began on the Morristown Green in 1739. “As an agency, it’s always important to know where it’s been and to know where it’s going. These promotions are the result of hard work, dedication, loyalty, and most of all, leadership that both of these individuals have demonstrated.”

Sergeant John Rospond is a decorated law enforcement officer and veteran. He began his career in law enforcement with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in 1997 working in the Protective Services Division. In 2005, Sergeant Rospond was transferred to the Emergency Services Section as a K9 Handler. In 2007, Sergeant Rospond returned back to the Protective Services Division and was assigned as a Corporal in 2014. His current duties include supervising Access Control of the Morris County Administration and Records Building, as well as being a Division Training Officer, an active shooter instructor and a member of the Honor Guard and Marine Patrol. Sergeant Rospond has been awarded the Sheriff’s Achievement Medal three (3) times, the Honorable Service Medal, the Unit Citation Medal two (2) times, the Professional Service Medal, the Educational Achievement Medal and the Veterans Service Medal.

Sergeant Rospond has additional duties with the New Jersey National Guard. He began his military career when he enlisted in 1990 and was assigned to

Sheriff James M. Gannon & Sergeant Rospond share a laugh during promotion ceremony.
Sheriff James M. Gannon and Sergeant John Rospond share a laugh during the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Promotion Ceremony on August 6, 2018.

an Artillery Surveyor. In 1993, Sergeant Rospond began a two (2) year tour on the Counter Drug Program, working with Customs and Border Patrol. He served two (2) deployments overseas in Iraq in 2004 and 2008 as a team leader, then as a Platoon Sergeant and later as Operations Sergeant. In 2012, he was promoted to 1st Sergeant in A Battery. In 2015, Sergeant Rospond was assigned as the Operations Sergeant for the Battalion and the Brigade Fire Support NCO. In June of 2018, Sergeant Rospond was promoted to Command Sergeant Major at Fort Dix with Sheriff James M. Gannon in attendance. Currently, he is assigned as the Command Sergeant Major for the 3-112th Field Artillery Headquarters in Morristown.

Sergeant Rospond is a highly decorated veteran who is a recent graduate of the US Army Sergeants Major Academy. He was a member of the Green Village and the Rockaway Township Fire Departments.

Sergeant Rospond will continue to supervise in the Protective Services Division and will command and manage the newly formed multi-agency search and rescue team, to include local fire and police personnel.

Sheriff James M. Gannon said, “Sergeant Rospond respects everyone he interacts with.”

Detective/Sergeant Doug Meyer began his career with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office as an intern in 1999 and held several civilian positions until his hiring as a Sheriff’s Investigator in November of 2001. Upon his academy graduation in 2002, where he received the prestigious Firearms Award for top proficiency, he was assigned to the Protective Services Division.

Sheriff Gannon & Detective/Sergeant Doug Meyer holding Meyer's promtion certificate.
Sheriff James M. Gannon presents Detective/Sergeant Doug Meyer with his promotion certificate on August 6, 2018.

In June of 2003, Detective/Sergeant Meyer was transferred to the Emergency Services Section where he began training as a K9 Handler. In 2006, he attended the FBI’s Hazardous Devices School in Huntsville, Alabama where he took on an additional duty as a Bomb Technician. During his tenure in the Emergency Services Section, he received training and experience with patrol dogs, narcotics and bomb detection dogs as well as search and rescue and arson detection dogs. Detective/Sergeant Meyer became a firearms instructor in 2013 and instructs at the firing range for the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and police recruits at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy. In February of 2015, he was transferred to the Crime Scene Investigation Section where he received training in ballistics. In September of 2016, he was transferred to the Bomb Squad as a full time Bomb Squad Commander and was promoted to the rank of Detective/Corporal.

Detective/Sergeant Meyer is also a member of the New Jersey Army National Guard where he currently serves as an Infantry Sergeant in C Troop 1st / 102nd  Cavalry.

Detective/Sergeant Meyer will continue his responsibilities as the Commander of the Office’s Bomb Squad.

Sheriff James M. Gannon commented, “Detective/Sergeant Meyer is a true success story, starting as an intern and rising through the ranks. His level of expertise and experience with numerous cases in the county are a true asset to the Bomb Squad.”