This Day in History: November 12th, 1923

This Day in History: November 12th, 1923


Milltown Man, at Present Process Server, Gets Promotion.


Sheriff-elect Fred Gowen announced this morning that he had decided to appoint William S. Hannah of Milltown, process server in the sheriff’s office for the last three years, as under-sheriff. The appointment was decided upon at a conference of Mr. Gowen, the freeholders, and assemblymen, Senator Larson, State Committeeman Frederick C. Schneider, County Treasurer Hilker, and County Solicitor Richardson Saturday evening in the County Records Building.

Mr. Gowen frankly laid his cards on the table, stating that the only applicants for the position were Edward J. Peterson of Perth Amboy and William S. Hannah of Milltown. The conference decided that the selection should be left to Mr. Gowen, and he chose the man who has been associated with him in the office under the administration of Sheriff Wyckoff. Mr. Gowen pointed out that his slogan in the campaign had been the phrase “Efficient service deserves promotion,” and stated that he knew Mr. Hannah to be efficient from personal observation.

Furthermore, the appointment of Mr. Hannah was warmly urged from Milltown and that section of the county, and it seemed only fitting that the southern part of the county, which rolled up such pronounced majorities for the Republican candidates, should receive recognition.

Mr. Gowen and Mr. Hannah are to be sworn in at noon tomorrow by County Judge John P. Kirkpatrick in the county clerk’s office, according to present plans. Their terms of office begin at midnight tomorrow. Charles E. Blue, who has been warden of the jail for the last year and a half, is to continue as warden, and Mrs. Blue is to be matron. They are to occupy the rooms which Sheriff and Mrs. Wyckoff have occupied. Mr. Gowen will continue his residence in Highland Park. The appointment of Mr. Blue is also in accord with Mr. Gowen’s theory that efficient service deserves promotion.

There will be no change in the personnel of the sheriff’s force at present. Later, however, it is expected that there will be some changes among the employees in the fall.

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