FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 26, 2007

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia
Public Information Director
908-527-4419 - 908-770-3662



UNION COUNTY, NJ---Rich Childs, a former State Division of Criminal Justice detective and Newark police officer, has been appointed Acting County Public Safety Director effective January 1st, County Manager George W. Devanney announced.

“During our search, we found someone internally in Rich Childs who has impressive credentials and strong qualifications for this position,” Devanney said. “We look forward to working with him during the New Year.”

Childs, 61, a Westfield resident, has served the past several years as a part-time Civil Litigation Investigator in the County Counsel’s Office, and has also assisted on accounting matters. Childs has served as a self-employed Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner and State Licensed Private Detective for the past 23 years.

“I am grateful for the extraordinary opportunity to serve the residents of Union County through my leadership of our Public Safety Department,” Childs said. “I thank the County Manager for his confidence in me, and I look forward to working with our Freeholder Board and the many fine employees of my new department.”

Childs will serve as the Acting Director effective January 1st of the County Public Safety Department, which has a total contingent of approximately 400 employees, including 74 County Police. The Department includes the Divisions of Correctional Services, Emergency Management, County Police, Medical Examiner, Weights and Measures, and Health. Childs will also be responsible for the supervision of the Bureaus of Domestic Preparedness, Hazardous Materials, the Fire Training Academy and Fire Investigations Task force, and the Office of Consumer Affairs.

Childs will earn $111,793 as the Acting Public Safety Director.

Childs, a Newark native, began his career by serving in the Newark Police Department in 1968. He served a patrol cop, on the Bandit Squad, and as a Homicide investigator. Following a ten -year career in Newark, he served as a Detective in the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice’s White Collar Crimes unit. He investigated all fraud-related crimes.

Childs also worked in the private sector for Deak-Perera, an international foreign exchange, Swiss Bank and Precious Metals company, where he conducted ongoing theft investigations, set up internal controls, produced procedural manuals and monthly and financial statements.

During the past three decades, Childs has served as a self-employed accountant, fraud examiner and private detective who, among his wide-range of duties, handles civil, criminal and trial preparation and coordination. He conducts hidden asset investigations, and has served as an expert witness in accounting, police procedures, and security in Superior Court and before State Grand Juries. His wide ranging experiences have also included due diligence and background investigations, corporate security and crime prevention.