Sheriff Frank J. Provenzano

3-Year Term


Term Expires 12/31/2016



Responsibilities include maintaining a safe and secure environment at the Somerset County Courthouse, and the county complex, provides support to all county law enforcement efforts, the operation of the Somerset County Jail and the care and custody of persons incarcerated and committed by the courts. The Sheriff’s Office is also responsible for the Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identification, Sheriff’s Sales, Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, Sheriff’s Special Response Team, Gang & Terrorism Intelligence Unit, the safe transportation of county prisoners, execution of civil and criminal court warrants, and processing of civil documents and provides a School Resource Officer for Somerset County operated schools




A lifelong resident of Somerset County who resides in the Borough of Raritan with his wife Lou Ann.  Sheriff Provenzano joined Bridgewater Township Police Department in 1968 and retired in 2001 as Captain of the Administration Division.  As a member of Bridgewater Police he has seen all aspects of police work from road patrol to working under-cover assignments in the detective bureau and the Commander of Emergency Service Division, which included, SCUBA, Heavy Rescue and Haz-Mat.  He was an assistant coordinator for the Somerset County Emergency Response Team, hostage negotiations unit.  He is a graduate of 2002 National Sheriffs’ Institute Executive Development Program, sponsored by the National Sheriffs’ Association and the National Institute of Corrections.


Affiliations & Community Service:


National Association of Counties, Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee, member; Somerset County Youth Services Commission; member; Raritan Valley Community College, Criminal Justice Advisory Committee, member; Somerset County Police Academy, Law Enforcement Education Committee; New Jersey Sheriffs Association, President 2009-2010; National Sheriffs Association, member; New Jersey Association of Crisis Negotiators, member; Family and Community Services of Somerset County, board member; Somerset County Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Advisory Committee, member; New Jersey COPS Magazine, Advisory Board Member; Italian-American Police Society, member; John Basilone Parade Committee, member; Somerville Elks, member; Former Chairman of the Jack Gardner Softball Tournament fundraising event for children with special needs; Raritan Borough Recreation Commissioner, former member and former coach Little League baseball and Pop-Warner football, 2014 Toast of Scouting - Somerset County Chairman, 2014 Boy Scouts of America, Distinguished Citizen Award.