EDISON, NJ – The 2020 Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders’ Reorganization Meeting brought out elected officials from around the state to Middlesex County College on Tuesday, including Governor Phil Murphy to witness members of the board and the sheriff take their oaths of office to begin new terms.

Freeholder Kenneth Armwood and Sheriff Mildred Scott, both long-time Piscataway residents were reelected at November’s general election along with running mates, Freeholders Charles Kenny of Woodbridge, and Claribel Azcona-Barber of New Brunswick.

Azcona-Barber is new to the Freeholder board, filling the seat vacated by Blanquita Valenti who did not seek reelection after 15 years on the board.

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“Middlesex County is the quintessential county in the state,” said Murphy in his remarks about the accomplishments made in the state since taking office two years ago. “As it goes, we go as a state. No county does it better than Middlesex County.”

“Tonight isn’t about politics but about service and reorganizing for the road ahead to serve the constituents,” he continued.

Armwood, who was also elected Deputy Director later in the meeting expressed his gratitude to the voters and his supporters for having faith in him as a candidate and as a Freeholder, promising to lead with integrity.

“We challenge each other to be better than we were today,” said Armwood.

Ronald Rios, who was reelected Freeholder Director for 2020 acknowledged Scott’s accomplishments as sheriff, calling her a “Middlesex County trailblazer.”

Scott, the first woman in the county’s history, and the first African-American to be elected sheriff, was elected to serve her fourth term in office.

She highlighted some of the accomplishments of her office under her tenure including obtaining officer certifications, improvements in courthouse security and the use of K-9 dogs for narcotics and bomb detection, and the development of community awareness programs, all of which has led to accreditation for the department.

“Our officers and civilian staff have done their jobs with dignity and respect,” Scott said. “We are one of the best sheriff’s offices in the State of New Jersey.”

“You are a role model as a sheriff, as a woman, as an African American,” said Murphy to Scott on her accomplishments.  “You set the bar higher and higher.”

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