‘Tokyo Joe’ O’Donoghue is a nickname from his youth. His grandfather was the first Japanese American given citizenship in Atlantic County. (Philly.com)
O’Donoghue will once again challenge current Atlantic County sheriff, Eric Scheffler on election day, November 7, 2023.
Some see this as a match-up between social services and law enforcement.
Joe O’Donoghue: When elected, I will return your Sheriffs Office to the Constitutional Office it is intended to be by bringing FULL TIME LAW ENFORCEMENT back and protecting your constitutional rights.
From Shore local:
O’Donoghue says: “Right now under its current leadership our Sheriff’s office is more of a social service agency than a tool to support local law enforcement. When I’m elected Sheriff we’ll get back to our core mission – securing the courts, and augmenting law enforcement across the 23 communities in Atlantic County”
“I’ve been a street cop all my life, policing is our family business and it’s time for me to get back to work. Returning our Sheriff’s office to a premier law enforcement agency is my top priority.” O’Donoghue said.
Law enforcement is a tradition in the O’Donoghue family with four of Joe’s children being sworn law enforcement officers serving in Atlantic County as well as one serving in the State of Florida.
O’Donoghue is a retired sheriff’s officer and Egg Harbor Township Committeeman.