A Message From Rich Rosell



I am without equal the most experienced, most qualified, and most accomplished candidate. This fall will mark my 38th anniversary of entering the police academy. I spent 27 years in the New Jersey State Police, serving in various operational uniformed, undercover, administrative, supervisory, managerial, and leadership positions. I followed that up by running three municipal police departments, including my current position as Police Chief of Indian River Shores. Unlike others, when I make the claim that I have been in the trenches, I can back that up. The next leader of the Indian River County Sheriff's Office MUST have the requisite operational, supervisory, managerial, and leadership experience. That is the reason I am in the race. This county deserves the most experienced, accomplished, and qualified LEADER protecting the public and running their Sheriff's Office. Not the least qualified. Don't settle. Learn my story. Nobody in the race has the experience or resume I have.



Millitary Experience:

  • United States Marine Corps Reserves as an Artillery Forward Observer. Achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant of Marines.
  • Army National Guard as the NCOIC of the Officer Candidate School, and also served and an Infantryman, Military Policeman, TOW Missile Gunner; Regimental Battalion Chief Instructor of OCS, Combat Medic School, Instructor Training School, Motor Transportation School, Military Police School, and Artillery School. I was also the Accreditation Manager, Quality Assurance NCOIC, Regimental Antiterrorism Officer, Operations Security Program Manager, Infantry Tactics Instructor, Veterans Assistance Program Manager, and the NCOIC of the first and only Officer Candidate School attended solely by foreign national students (Albanian Armed Forces).
  • International Military training experience as an Infantry Tactics and Leadership instructor for the Albanian Armed Forces.
  • Currently on my last tour of duty in the Army Reserve before mandatory retirement as a Master Sergeant.


  • Accomplishments:

  • Published a thesis on the Homeland Security Digital Library titled “What Type of Homeland Security Strategy Should the State of New Jersey Create”
  • Published author in Professional Law Enforcement Magazines.
  • Created the first draft of the State of New Jersey Homeland Security Strategy.
  • Commanded a task force of 140 police officers in post-Katrina New Orleans.
  • Recruited by Fairleigh Dickenson University to assist in writing the curriculum for a new Intelligence-led Policing Certificate Program in their graduate school.
  • During my stint as an investigator, disarmed and saved a man suffering from mental illness and armed with a loaded shotgun from committing suicide without injuring him.
  • I have appeared as an expert witness in many high volume drug trafficking cases.
  • Former Region 9 Coordinator for Special Olympics Florida.
  • Recipient of multiple military decorations to include the Meritorious Service Ribbon, seven (7) Army Commendation Medals, and an Overseas Reserve Training Ribbon.