The Center for Prevention & Counseling is proud to announce the appointment of retired Newton Police Chief, Mike Richards, to the agency’s Board of Directors. Mike is expected to make an excellent addition to The Center’s already dynamic and civically active Board Members. The current CFPC Board and staff at the Center for Prevention & Counseling are inspired by his already evident dedication to the Center and are looking forward to the ways his support of the agency will help them continue to grow, making a real difference in the communities they serve.
Michael Richards retired as the Chief of Police in Newton, NJ on February 1, 2020 after over 30 years of service. Beginning in his early years as a community policing/bike patrol Officer, he then served as a Detective and progressively earned supervisory ranks until becoming the Police Chief in 2010. Over the years, Mike has led organizations such as the County PBA, the County Detectives' Association, and the County Police Chiefs' Association. Throughout his career, he has been recognized for his investigative accomplishments and leadership. He helped establish the County's 9/11 Memorial and the County's only indoor firing range for law enforcement Officers to train. He has served on the Sussex County Public Safety Memorial Committee and is a Board Member of Ginnie's House Child Advocacy Center. Most notably, Chief Richards helped lead a county-wide effort to address the heroin/opioid epidemic with the formation of the Sussex County C.L.E.A.R. Program - Community Law Enforcement Addiction Recovery and received national recognition from PAARI, Police Assisted Addiction Referral Initiative, for law enforcement leadership. Upon retirement, he became the Fairgrounds Manager at the Sussex County Farm & Horse Show/NJ State Fair, an organization that has always been near and dear to his family, where the Walter Richards Building for cultural and educational exhibits is named after his grandfather. In this role, he looks forward to continuing to join with the many others that make Sussex County a great place to live, work and visit. While he may have retired from public employment, he intends to continue in his public service.
The mission of the Center for Prevention and Counseling is to promote health, hope, and recovery among all people by fostering a community in which individuals and families thrive. Over the past 45 years, this active and vibrant nonprofit agency has served Sussex County with quality programs and services that change lives. The Board and its staff work with and in the community to help youth gain the skills they need to make wise choices, to help parents create strong families, and to build communities that support healthy, drug-free lifestyles.