Morris County Medical Examiner Dr. Ronald Suarez Retires After 26 Years of Service

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office would like to congratulate Dr. Ronald Suarez, the Morris County Medical Examiner, on his retirement after 26 years of dedicated service in Morris County.

Dr. Suarez, a veteran of the United States Navy, began his career in Miami, Florida as an Assistant Medical Examiner. Over the years, he has also worked in Boston, Massachusetts, for the State of New Jersey, as well as Sussex and Warren Counties in recent years. The impact he has had on lives throughout the world, has earned Dr. Suarez respect from all walks of life.

The Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders presented a congratulatory resolution to Dr. Suarez at their meeting this week. Also at the meeting, Morris County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Matt Troiano presented him with a plaque on behalf of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, in the absence of Prosecutor Knapp. Chief Assistant Prosecutor Troiano confirmed Dr. Suarez’s importance in countless criminal cases in Morris County. His expert testimony in court has stood up against some of the best experts in the world.

Morris County Medical Examiner Dr. Ronald Suarez Retires After 26 Years of Service
Morris County medical examiner Dr. Ronald Suarez is honored with a resolution by Morris County Freeholders on his retirement after 26 years of service.

Prosecutor Knapp said, “The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has had the pleasure of working with Dr. Suarez over his last 26 years in Morris County. We thank him for his years of outstanding service, congratulate him on his retirement, and wish him the best in the future”.

Operation Helping Hand is a Success for Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Statewide Partners

Operation Helping Hand is a Success for Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Statewide Partners

Morris County Prosecutor and President of the County Prosecutors Association of New Jersey (CPANJ), Fredric Knapp, recently joined New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, as well as Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo, Acting Union County Prosecutor Michael Monahan, and Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch in the roll-out of Operation Helping Hand. Operation Helping Hand was a week-long program in which substance abuse treatment was offered as an alternative to incarceration for people who had been arrested for drug offenses. The program ran from June 11, 2018 through June 15, 2018 in Passaic and Union Counties. Prosecutors from five counties participated along with many municipal police departments and sheriff’s offices.

Over the course of the week, 177 individuals suffering from substance abuse disorder were arrested. Of those 177 people, 148 were eager to accept recovery services, which comes out to five out of every six of the arrested. Recovery specialists connected with these individuals following their arrests with the ultimate goal of getting them on the road to recovery.

The success of Operation Helping Hand could not have been accomplished without the efforts of the following Morris County law enforcement agencies and community partners: Morris County Prevention is Key, Morris Center for Addiction Recovery Education & Success, [CARES], the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and their Hope One Mobile Recovery Access Vehicle, the Denville Police Department, the Mount Olive Police Department, the Dover Police Department, the East Hanover Police Department, the Hanover Police Department, the Washington Township Police Department, the Florham Park Police Department, the Montville Police Department, the Morris Township Police Department, the Rockaway Township Police Department, the Pequannock Township Police Department, the Parsippany Police Department, and the Rockaway Borough Police Department.

“Morris County is proud to have joined this five-county collaboration whose chief aim is to connect those struggling with addiction to the resources they need, and we are excited by the positive results achieved,” said Prosecutor Knapp. “In light of the staggering toll heroin and opioids have had on our state and nation, we as law enforcement leaders must utilize innovative methods to combat this epidemic. Operation Helping Hand is one such example we can use. Engaging peer recovery specialists in Morris County, as done in OHH, can hopefully be a key component in our efforts. Traditional drug interdiction alone is insufficient. Education, particularly for middle school children, and diversion of addicted offenders into drug court can be part of our battle. Law enforcement is at its best when partnering with the community, and Operation Helping Hand is a promising example of collaboration between law enforcement and the treatment community that saves lives. I would like to offer a special thanks to Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Investigations Stephen Wilson, Morris County Sheriff James Gannon, Morris County Undersheriff Mark Spitzer, Chief Andrew Miller of the Parsippany Police Department, and Chief Conrad Pepperman of the Rockaway Borough Police Department, along with Alton Robinson of CARES for their attendance at the Attorney General’s press conference at the New Bridge Medical Center in Paramus on Wednesday.”

Operation Helping Hand was an important step in combatting the Heroin and Opioid Epidemic. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office will continue to work with law enforcement agencies throughout the State of New Jersey to continue the progress that was made in this initiative.

Morris County Medical Examiner Retires after 26 Years of Service


The Morris County Board of Freeholders, along with Sheriff James M. Gannon and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, honored retiring Morris County Medical Examiner Dr. Ronald Suarez on Wednesday for more than 26 years of outstanding service to Morris County.

Dr. Suarez plans to retire at the end of the month, ending a long career in which he provided exemplary service, working closely with law enforcement and the Department of Law and Public Safety.

“Dr. Suarez is well respected across the state and nation, serving on many prominent organizations, such as the National Association of Medical Examiners and Society of Cardiovascular Pathology,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. .

“His excellence in the field of pathology and humanity also is well known far beyond our country’s borders, for work he has done in places like Guatemala, Panama and Uzbekistan, among others. We thank Dr. Suarez for his dedication and wish him well on his retirement.’’

Dr. Suarez has been quoted as saying that he is “an ombudsman for the dead,’’ and that medical examiners are death investigators who seek the truth on behalf of the dead – who have no voice – and their families and loved ones who are seeking closure, according to the resolution presented to him by the Board of Freeholders.

A native of Cuba, U.S. Navy veteran and current resident of Chatham Township, Dr. Suarez embarked in 1992 on a quarter-century of service to Morris County, and has been the Medical Examiner in recent years neighboring for Sussex and Warren counties, as well.

His career began in 1983 as Assistant Medical Examiner in Miami, and then as Assistant M.E. in Boston and for the State of New Jersey, and later as consultant to the U.S. A.I.D. Mission in El Salvador and the U.S. Justice Department.

Morris County Law and Public Safety Director Scott DiGiralomo praised Dr. Suarez for his compassion toward the family members of the deceased. He noted the many hours that Dr. Suarez would routinely spend with heartbroken loved ones, helping them understand the circumstances of a sudden death.

Morris County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Matt Troiano cited Dr. Suarez’s skill on the witness stand, giving concise expert testimony in criminal cases that stood up even against world-renowned experts.


Morris County Medical Examiner Retires after 26 Years of Service
From left to right: Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, Freeholder Deborah Smith, Freeholder Kathryn DeFillippo, Dr. Ronald Suarez, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Matthew Troiano, Freeholder Director Douglas Cabana, Freeholder Heather Darling, and Deputy Freeholder Director Christine Myers.