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Morristown Hospital's Security Director Named Undersheriff for Corrections

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Alan J. Robinson, the longtime head of security for Atlantic Health System, as the new Undersheriff for Corrections by new Morris County Sheriff Jim Gannon.
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MORRISTOWN, NJ - Incoming Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon is announcing that he has chosen Alan J. Robinson, veteran security chief for Atlantic Health System, as his new undersheriff for the Bureau of Corrections. 

Robinson has more than 30 years of experience in the field of corporate security management, investigations, intelligence and executive protection.

For the past 28 years, he was the director of Protection and Security Services/Emergency Management for Atlantic Health System, responsible for the protection of 16,000 employees, 4,000 physicians, and untold thousands of patients and visitors at six hospitals and more than 300 satellite locations.

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“Alan Robinson brings a wealth of needed experience, knowledge and professionalism to the Sheriff’s Office,’’ said Sheriff-Elect Gannon. “He is well-respected in the state as a leader in security and preparedness issues, especially in meeting those needs in a rapidly changing world. We are very fortunate to have him join our team in Morris County.’’  

“We are very glad to see that the new sheriff has chosen someone of such high quality as Alan Robinson as his new undersheriff,’’ said Freeholder Doug Cabana, the county governing board’s liaison to law and public safety. “We look forward to a good working relationship with Sheriff Gannon, Undersheriff Robinson and their team.’’   

At Atlantic Health, Robinson’s department was ranked 10th nationally and 1st in New Jersey for security programs that delivered outstanding business value. In 2006, he was nominated to be the first national Director of the Year by Campus Security Magazine for his security management and expertise.

In 2013, he was appointed by Gov. Chris Christie to the New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force, the state’s cabinet-level body responsible for setting homeland security and domestic preparedness policy.

Alan Robinson is a national speaker and police academy instructor for the FBI, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office and many state, county and municipal police departments in the area of protecting children from sexual predators.

In this capacity, Robinson has received countless awards including: the 2008 FBI Director’s Award for Distinguished Community Service; a 2005 Executive Proclamation from Gov. Codey for Community Service in Protecting Children from Sexual Predators; the 2011 Morris County Detective’s Association Special Recognition Award; a 2012 state Senate Resolution for his community service to protect children and vulnerable populations; and a 2015 Honorary Chief of Police award by the Morris County Police Chiefs Association.

In addition, Robinson has served as a police self-defense instructor for the United States Marshals Service and other state and local police departments.

Robinson received his undergraduate degree in police science from Thomas Edison State College. He is certified in homeland security (level IV) in the fields of incident command and terrorism by the American College of Forensic Examiner’s Institute, and also is a certified national threat analyst by the American Board for Certification in Homeland Security.

Sheriff Gannon will officially assume the Sheriff’s role at midnight on Jan. 1. He and Undersheriff Robinson will take their oaths of office at a special ceremony on Jan. 6.

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