Shawn Mullen, a 22-year resident of Westfield, has announced his intention to run for the Westfield Town Council, representing the Third Ward.
Shawn is a retired FBI agent, who has a long career in public service, including over two decades as an officer in the US Army Reserve. Shawn also served as a local government intern and worked on behalf of vulnerable populations while employed by the Essex County Family Court. As an FBI agent, Shawn investigated fraudsters, drug dealers and violent criminals. He led a multi-agency task force that arrested dozens of individuals who stole from public programs and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds through judgements, forfeiture and civil settlements. Shawn also worked on the 9/11 forensic recovery operations at the WTC and led a team of crime scene investigators that recovered valuable evidence in a number of cases with national significance.
While at the FBI, Shawn continued to give back to his community by giving real-life forensics lessons to students at Westfield High and Edison Intermediate Schools. He presented at Career Day events, the Union County Gifted & Talented Forensics Convocation and Westfield Police Department’s Junior Police Academy. He also read to NYC public school students, educated parents on Internet and other safety programs at a Brooklyn Yeshiva and the Jewish Children’s Museum, and fingerprinted kids at various Missing Children’s Day events.
Shawn has also served his local community for over 20 years as a member of the American Legion Martin Wallberg Post 3. During the 2003 Iraq War, he ran the local Blue Star Banner program, which recognized the families Westfield servicemembers deployed to the war zone. As these brave heroes returned home, Shawn worked with the town council to honor them with Legion medals and mayoral proclamations. Shawn and his family continue to support Westfield’s own by volunteering with the Legion’s Support the Troops program, which sends care packages to Westfield servicemen and women who are deployed overseas.
Shawn is also a volunteer with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and has been a regular fixture at the Franklin School Turkey Drive for over a decade. This location has been the collection site for hundreds of turkeys and thousands of pounds of food, generously donated by Westfielders and distributed to local families struggling with food insecurity.
For many years, Shawn has been an advocate for good government and responsible development. Shawn rallied a grassroots group of concerned citizens in opposition to a convenience store that was proposed for their Southside neighborhood. Shawn gathered crime and traffic data from our Police Department and those of surrounding towns and spoke out at Planning Board and Council meetings. He lobbied the then-Republican town council to amend the Town Code to restrict 24/7 businesses. Shawn’s efforts were important in getting this business to restrict its operating hours.
Shawn is a lifelong resident of NJ and a graduate of Montclair State University and Seton Hall—where he earned a Master of Public Administration degree. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner and Accredited Healthcare Fraud Investigator. Shawn and his wife Beth, a medical provider, are the proud parents of Patrick, a WHS graduate and Rutgers freshman. The Mullens are parishioners at the Parish Community of Saint Helen. They own two rescue dogs, Linus and Blue.
Coming from a lifetime of actual public service, Shawn brings an educated and experienced background to town government. He has extensive experience in public safety and public budgeting and a thorough understanding of the local legislative process. He believes in limited, responsible development that respects individual property rights and feels that our council members should work across party lines to advocate for the best interests of all Westfielders—regardless of party or beliefs. The current council majority has chosen to rubber stamp this mayor’s drastic agenda of higher taxes for residents, increasing crime, lessening town services, and large-scale redevelopment. Shawn also calls for an end of efforts to suppress differing opinions on Town issues and stopping the current cancel culture of single-party rule. He looks forward to meeting all the Third Ward’s residents and hearing their concerns and engaging in a vigorous, respectful public debate of the many issues facing our Town today.