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A blogger  made an unsubstantiated and ridiculous claim that a much decorated retired detective who was hired by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders somehow committed pension fraud by taking a wholly different, non pensionable, position with the Sheriffs Office. Here is the blogger's story. [http://newjersey.watchdog.org/2010/11/17/1440/ "LT. GOV. GUADAGNO & THE $170K STATE PENSION SCAM," ''New Jersey Watchdog'', November 17, 2010]</ref>. The blogger's claim is baseless, has been rejected by the pension board, and is, simply, malicious. The blogger should apologize to the detective -- who has since been promoted by a second Sheriff.  This decorated law enforcement officer has served the people of his city, county and state for his entire adult life.  the blogger should be ashamed.
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Guadagno reportedly made false statements in September 2008 that enabled a police official to improperly obtain $170,000 from a state pension fund, according to ''New Jersey Watchdog''. Guadagno, Monmouth County Sheriff at the time, had hired Michael W. Donovan Jr., a retired investigator for the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, as her new chief, announcing in a memo to her staff that he would be replacing John Cerrato. Under state law, Donovan should have stopped receiving retirement benefits as a result of his employment and been re-enrolled in the Police and Firemen's Retirement System. However, Guadagno had placed him as Chief Warrant Officer, a position that is exempt from PFRS and the rules/regulations that apply to it. Those statements were deemed false since the position of Chief Warrant Officer had been eliminated by an order signed by Guadagno on Sept. 16, 2008 – the week before Donovan started.<ref>[http://newjersey.watchdog.org/2010/11/17/1440/ "LT. GOV. GUADAGNO & THE $170K STATE PENSION SCAM," ''New Jersey Watchdog'', November 17, 2010]</ref>
  
 
==Personal==
 
==Personal==

Revision as of 23:04, 7 March 2012

Kimberly "Kim" Guadagno
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New Jersey Lieutenant Governor
New Jersey Secretary of State
Incumbent
In office
January 19, 2010 - Present
Years in position 4
PartyRepublican
Personal
BirthdayApril 13, 1959
Websites
Office website
Kimberly Ann Guadagno (born born April 13, 1959 in Waterloo, Iowa), a Republican, serves a dual role as both the current Lieutenant Governor and the Secretary of State of New Jersey. She was selected by Gov. Chris Christie in July 2009 to be his running mate for the 2009 campaign, the first in the state's history to include voting for a lieutenant governor. [1] Following the election, Christie appointed Guadagno to the position of Secretary of State as well, combining the duties of both offices. [2]

Biography

Guadagno was born on April 13, 1959 in Waterloo, Iowa. She earned a bachelor's degree from Ursinus College and a JD from American University's College of Law. Shortly after law school, Guadagno began work as a federal prosecutor with the Organized Crime and Racketeering Strike Force in Brooklyn, New York. After moving to New Jersey following her marriage in 1991, Guadagno served as deputy chief of the corruption unit for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey from 1990 to 1998, handling such high-profile prosecutions as those against former Essex County Executive Thomas D'Alessio (Democrat) and Somerset County Prosecutor Nicholas Bissell (Republican). She then became deputy director in the Division of Criminal Justice, where she supervised the prosecution of the creator of the "Melissa" computer worm, David L. Smith, until 2000.

In 2001, Guadagno left the public sector to practice law closer to home. She also began teaching law at Rutgers University School of Law - Newark. For two years beginning in 2005, she was one of three individuals elected a Borough Commissioners of Monmouth Beach. In 2007, she became the first woman elected as sheriff of Monmouth County, responsible for a staff of over seven-hundred state employees and a $65 million budget.[3]

Education

  • Bachelor's degree, Ursinus College (1980)
  • Juris Doctorate degree, American University's Washington College of Law (1983)

Political career

Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey (2009-Present)

Guadango serves concurrently as the Garden State's lieutenant governor and secretary of state. She was first elected in 2009 as Gov. Chris Christie's running mate.

Monmouth County Sheriff (2007-2010)

In 2008, Guadagno became the first woman elected as sheriff in Monmouth County history.

Pension controversy

Guadagno reportedly made false statements in September 2008 that enabled a police official to improperly obtain $170,000 from a state pension fund, according to New Jersey Watchdog. Guadagno, Monmouth County Sheriff at the time, had hired Michael W. Donovan Jr., a retired investigator for the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, as her new chief, announcing in a memo to her staff that he would be replacing John Cerrato. Under state law, Donovan should have stopped receiving retirement benefits as a result of his employment and been re-enrolled in the Police and Firemen's Retirement System. However, Guadagno had placed him as Chief Warrant Officer, a position that is exempt from PFRS and the rules/regulations that apply to it. Those statements were deemed false since the position of Chief Warrant Officer had been eliminated by an order signed by Guadagno on Sept. 16, 2008 – the week before Donovan started.[4]

Personal

Guadago has received two Director's Awards from the United States Department of Justice, a Special Achievement Award from the U.S. Attorney's Office, and honorary doctorates from NJIT and Wayne Patterson University. She currently resides in Monmouth County with her husband Michael Guadagno, a judge on the Vicinage 9 Superior Court. They have three children.

Contact Information

New Jersey

Capitol Address:
Office of the Secretary
PO Box 300
Trenton, NJ 08625-0300

Phone: (609) 984-1900
Fax: (609) 292-7665
Email: feedback@sos.state.nj.us

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Political offices
Preceded by
Nina Mitchell Wells
New Jersey Secretary of State
2010–present
Succeeded by
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