SOMERSET COUNTY – On Friday, June 24th, Franklin Township honored Somerset County Democratic Sheriff Candidate, Lieutenant Darrin Russo’s last day on the Franklin Township Police Force. 

Lieutenant Russo’s lengthy career includes serving as Detective Sergeant in the Major Crimes Unit where he worked to combat gang violence. Russo is credited with over 1,800 drug related arrests and 3,000 criminal arrests. In 2015 Lieutenant Russo received the Franklin Township Man of the Year Award and is a two-time recipient of the Somerset County 200 Club Valor Award.

Assemblyman Joseph Danielsen said, “After 30 plus years of service it is with mixed emotions, both regret and happiness, that Franklin township says goodbye to Lieutenant Russo as he retires. In his long career Darrin has served the citizens of our community with honor and distinction.

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 That same commitment is what he will bring as the Democratic candidate for Sheriff in Somerset County. I am proud to count him as a friend and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

Mayor Phil Kramer commented "Lieutenant Darrin Russo has faithfully served the Franklin Township Police Department for over thirty years and we thank him for his many years of service.  While we will miss seeing him patrol our town, we know his legacy will continue through the officers he has trained.  We wish him the best of luck in retirement and hope he will continue to serve the public in other law enforcement roles."

Russo became the Democratic Nominee for Somerset County Sheriff after resoundingly defeating his opponent during the June 7th Primary. Lieutenant Russo will challenge Frank Provenzano in November.