Morris County Sheriff’s Office Detective Corporal David Kenny, a volunteer nature and wildlife photographer in his spare time, was promoted February 18 to the position of Detective Sergeant.
“Detective Sergeant Kenny, who started with the Agency in July 2001 and has handled professional standards for the past three years, is the kind of calm and focused leader that a law enforcement agency needs at its foundation,” said Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon.
“I have to say from my perspective, and I’ve known him a long time, my perspective professionally is that I don’t know if there’s anybody better. He does a phenomenal job with everything he touches,” Sheriff Gannon said at an afternoon promotional ceremony in Morristown.
Detective Sergeant Kenny was joined by his wife Heather, his daughter Madison, his parents Edel and Peter Kenny, his brother Adam, a Montville Township Police Sergeant, and his in-laws. His father-in-law, Mike LoRusso, was Sheriff Gannon’s field Officer when he was starting out as a police officer in Boonton.
Detective Sergeant Kenny lived briefly in Vernon Township before his family relocated to Montville Township when he was four. He was schooled in Montville until the eighth grade and attended Bailey Ellard High School in Madison.
Detective Sergeant Kenny attended William Paterson University for three semesters before transferring to County College of Morris. While at CCM, he was hired by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in July 2001, and then graduated the 58th Basic Police Class of the Morris County Police Academy.
He first was assigned to the Protective Services Division and in 2006, was made a detective and transferred to the Warrants Section.
While in the Warrants Section from 2006 until 2017, Detective Sergeant Kenny had a successful tenure and survived some harrowing encounters, including his arrest of a man who ran and hid in a closet that contained assault weapons.
In 2014, he was named a Detective Corporal, the same year he was chosen to be the Bureau of Law Enforcement’s Terminal Agency Coordinator to ensure compliance with the New Jersey State Police and FBI Criminal Justice Information Systems security standards.
In 2017, Detective Sergeant Kenny was assigned to the Professional Standards Unit where he conducts Internal Affairs investigations and is involved in background checks on new hires.
Two years ago, he completed the Northwestern University Basic Police Motorcycle Operator School and was selected to run the Agency’s Motor Unit, a joint unit comprised of Officers from the Bureaus of Corrections and Law Enforcement.
Detective Sergeant Kenny and his family volunteer at Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary and is involved in photographing wildlife for the Sanctuary’s annual calendar project.
He also volunteers with the New Jersey Endangered and Non-Game Species Program, assisting with the bobcat and Allegheny wood rat, and is a photography contributor to Science Source Images.