Ocean City author, former United States Marshal, featured at book festival


OCEAN CITY, NJ – Ocean City authors Jim Plousis and George Ingram will attend the upcoming Collingswood Book Festival to promote their new book, which provides insight into a career in law enforcement and benefits the US Marshals Survivors Benefit Fund.

The book, “Jersey Lawman”, is a first-person narrative that tells the story of Plousis and his career, which spanned more than four decades in the field of law enforcement. The book chronicles his journey from a rookie cop in a rough town of Pine Barrens to becoming America’s youngest elected county sheriff at the time. From there, the book delves into his appointment as a United States Marshal until his tenure as chairman of the New Jersey Parole Board.

The 19th Annual Collingswood Book Festival takes place on October 2 and celebrates literacy. The event will feature book signings, poetry, contests, workshops and feature many authors including authors of children’s books. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held at 801 Haddon Ave. in Collingswood.

“Jersey Lawman” received second place for best non-fiction in the 2020 Public Safety Writers Association competition competition.

Plousis served as a police officer in Woodbine and Ocean City before being elected Sheriff of Cape May County at the age of 32. He served in this position for five terms and achieved national recognition for his innovative approach to public safety. President George W. Bush appointed Plousis as US Marshal for New Jersey in 2002.

In this role, he brought the US Marshals Fugitive Safe Surrender program to Camden and other New Jersey towns while working on high profile cases. Plousis, who is now chairman of the New Jersey Casino Control Commission in Atlantic City, then worked for seven years as chairman of the state patrol board.

Plousis worked with Ingram, a local freelance writer, to weave stories of his career into the book, which includes his experiences working at various levels of law enforcement at the local, state, and federal levels.

Proceeds from the book will go to the US Marshals Benefit Survivor Fund, a nonprofit organization that was formed to distribute charitable and educational funds to surviving family members of active US Marshals and other Marshal Services employees who were killed in the line of duty.


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