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 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
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.
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.”