Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo on Saturday dedicated the county Sheriff’s patrol building to late assemblyman and former Essex County Sheriff Chief Kevin Ryan.
“Dedicating the Sheriff’s Headquarters in Kevin’s honor will keep his legacy of public service alive. He was a consummate law enforcement professional who enjoyed working for the Sheriff’s Office and loved Essex County and its residents,” DiVincenzo said. “Kevin, who was recognized as a public safety expert throughout the state, had a 30-year career in law enforcement. As the go-to person in times of emergency and crisis, he was always one of the first people to be on the scene and was always ready to lend a helping hand,” he added.
The building will now be known as Essex County Kevin J. Ryan Sheriff’s Headquarters.
Members of Ryan’s family were among the crowd of legislators and county officials, including Sen. Teresa Ruiz and Freeholders Patricia Sebold and Rufus Johnson, attending the commemoration.
“This is a tremendous honor for Kevin and our family, and it’s a testament to the type of person Kevin was,” said the late assemblyman’s brother, Gerald Ryan. “He always wanted to be a police officer. Kevin had a heart of gold. He thrived at helping people and he excelled at it from an early age.”
The Kevin Ryan died on June 20. He was 49.
Editor’s note: This story was updated at 9:07 p.m. on Sept. 23.