Camden’s Gilbert Wilson To Lead Sheriff’s Association of NJ


Gilbert Wilson sworn in as Sheriff Association of NJ. Photo courtesy of Camden County Government.

By Clyde Hughes | AC JosepH Media

CAMDEN — Camden County Sheriff Gilbert “Whip” Wilson made history this week when became the first African American sworn in as president of the Sheriff’s Association of New Jersey.

Wilson is an Air Force veteran, who has worked with the Camden City Police Department, Camden City Council and the General Assembly. He is also the first African American from Camden City to serve in the General Assembly representing the Fifth Legislative District.

While serving in the General Assembly, Sheriff Wilson sponsored many bills on topics such as Senior Citizen Property Tax Reform, Education Reform and Civil Service/Military Personnel Reform, Weapons Free Zones and Taxi Cab Regulations.

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One of his cornerstone pieces of legislation is the Fresh Mobiles bill. In an effort to combat Camden’s classification as an “urban food desert,” Assemblyman Wilson introduced the initiative in which city residents can access Jersey fresh produce from a mobile unit. He also sponsored legislation that allows students to eat produce grown in community gardens.

A committed advocate and supporter of the community, Sheriff Wilson was an assistant basketball coach at Camden High School under the leadership of Coach Clarence Turner as well as an assistant football coach for the Centerville Simbas. 

He has assisted the Camden Creative Arts High School with their fundraising efforts and has attended various competitions throughout the country to support them including Monterrey, California and New Orleans, Louisiana.

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