Edwards, director of the Hudson County Correctional Facility, announces his year-end retirement
Hudson County Correctional Facility Warden Ron Edwards announced he would be retiring at the end of the year via his LinkedIn page.
By John Heinis / Hudson County See
“I will retire at the end of the year. I served Hudson County for 29 years. During this time, I consider myself the luckiest man, and serving as the Chief of the Hudson County Jail has indeed been an honor. To all the women and men who work in the prison, I greet you and thank you for helping me; you are indeed my family, ”he wrote.
“I will miss you all terribly. I wish you all good luck and pray for your success. Finally, I will never forget you as a member of my organizational family to all those entrepreneurs who have partnered with me and taught me many valuable lessons. Without everyone’s guidance and support, we would not have been able to complete our mission.
Edwards was appointed by the then Board of Directors of Chosen Free Owners in August 2017 in light of the county investigating two recent inmate deaths.
His tenure saw the county terminate two agreements with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): the 287g agreement in 2018 and recently their agreement to house federal detainees.
Instead, they will work with Union County to run a reintegration program going forward.
Edwards also navigated the prison throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, where four workers – including two correctional officers – died.
Two senior county commissioners said despite the challenges, they believe Edwards has done a great job in his four-plus years as principal.
“Ron is a very hardworking guy who took his job to heart: he always had exceptional job performance. I wish him good luck and good luck in his retirement. I hope the next person will live up to their performance, ”County Commissioners Council Chairman Anthony Vainieri (D-8) said.
He also joked that he would submit his resume to the county for the job.
“I’m sorry to see Ron go, I’ve developed a friendship with him over the past few years. I think he’s helped start a lot of good programs related to the rehabilitation part of what our correctional facility does, ”County Commissioner Bill O’Dea (D-2) noted.
A potential successor, at least on an interim basis, is Ed Nestor, a retired Jersey City police captain who was hired as Edwards’ chief of staff 13 months ago.