FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J. -- Happy birthday to Franklin Lakes' Bernard "Bernie" Kerik.
Kerik, who lives in Franklin Lakes, turns 61 on Sunday.
Kerik, the former New York City police commissioner and nominee for U.S. secretary of homeland security, was born in Newark on Sept. 4, 1955.
From 1974-77, he served in the U.S. Army and later worked in several law enforcement jobs, including a stint in the Passaic County Sheriff's Department in the 1980s and as warden of the Passaic County Jail.
He joined the NYPD in 1986 and led its response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
President George W. Bush named Kerik the interior minister of the Iraqi Coalition Provisional Authority after the 2003 invasion.In 2004, Bush nominated Kerik to become secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Kerik withdrew his nomination after it was revealed that he had hired an illegal immigrant as a nanny. In 2006, Kerik pleaded guilty to two ethics violations after an investigation by the Office of the Bronx District Attorney and was ordered to pay $221,000.
In 2009, he pleaded guilty to eight federal charges, including tax fraud, and perjury, was sentenced to four years in federal prison.