Former Bayonne mayor and police department director Mark Smith has been named the first full-time Director of Homeland Security for the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office and he took on the job and its responsibilities today.

JERSEY CITY — Former Bayonne Mayor and Police Director Mark Smith has been named the first full-time director of homeland security for the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office.

“I have known Mark for many years and have great respect for his outstanding law enforcement career with the Bayonne Police Department, where he earned many commendations for heroism, saving lives and outstanding police work,” Hudson County Sheriff Frank Schillari said.

The sheriff continued saying, “Mark also has significant public safety management experience and he will be a great asset to our office.”

In his new position, which he started today, Smith will coordinate with homeland security offices at the county, state and federal levels, including with the FBI and New Jersey State Police, Schillari said.

Smith’s annual of the post which has a salary of $104,000. Smith is collecting a $107,000 annual pension from his time as police officer, police director and mayor of Bayonne. New Jersey’s director of homeland security, Jared Maples, earned $141,000 in 2017 when he was the acting director.

“By establishing a formal Homeland Security Office, Hudson County will now be eligible to pursue additional funding available through the federal government,” Schillari said.

Smith will work out of the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City. Smith succeeded Joe Doria as Bayonne mayor, filling the unexpired seat when Doria stepped down and then winning a full term in 2010. He ran and lost against Jimmy Davis i 2014.

Smith served as police director under Doria after rising through the ranks of the Bayonne Police Department.

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Source:: New Jersey Real-Time News


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Sheriff taps former Bayonne mayor for $104K homeland security post

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