Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon Announces Sheriff’s Office Graduate from the FBI National Academy

Detective Lieutenant joins elite group of Alumni

Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon announces the graduation of Detective/Lieutenant Kelley Zienowicz from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, 273rd Session, on September 13, 2018, in Quantico, VA.  FBI Director Christopher Asher Wray was the principal speaker at the ceremony.

“I am so very proud of this accomplishment of Detective/Lieutenant Zienowicz,” said Sheriff James M. Gannon, a graduate of the FBI National Academy, 169th Session.  “This credential is only awarded to very few police officers in the world.”

Detective/Lieutenant Kelley Zienowicz graduates
Detective/Lieutenant Kelley Zienowicz

The National Academy is a ten (10) week professional course study for law enforcement leaders in the United States and around the world.  The 273rd session consisted of 228 men and women from forty-eight (48) states, twenty-five (25) international countries, four (4) military organizations, and five (5) federal civilian organizations.  Detective/Lieutenant Zienowicz was one of twenty (20) females in the session.

Internationally known for its academic excellence, the National Academy Program offers advanced communication, leadership, and fitness training for selected officers having proven records as professionals within their agencies.  On average, these officers have twenty-one (21) years of law enforcement experience and usually return to their agencies to serve in executive-level positions.

Sheriff James M. Gannon said, “This cutting-edge curriculum will directly improve the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and its services to the citizens of Morris County.  I am personally very grateful to the Zienowicz family and the FBI Newark Division for their full support of Detective/Lieutenant Zienowicz.”

Detective/Lieutenant Zienowicz was hired by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office as a civilian employee in 1999.  In 2000, she was hired as a Sheriff’s Investigator and, in 2001, completed training at the Morris County Police Academy.  Initially assigned to the Protective Services Division, she was later assigned to the Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Section from 2001 to 2012.  There, she participated in many criminal investigations including some high profile cases, such as the Roxbury “Funcoland” double homicide in 2001 and the 2009 Chatham murder of Father Hinds.  In 2005, Detective/Lieutenant Zienowicz became a Sheriff’s Officer.  In 2006, she worked on the startup team for the Evidence Unit’s BEAST tracking system.  She has testified multiple times in Superior Court, often as a fingerprint expert, and received many commendations during her time with CSI.

Detective/Lieutenant Zienowicz was promoted to Sergeant in 2012 and was assigned to the Legal Division as the Executions and Foreclosure Section supervisor.  She assisted in the implementation of their new civil process database.  In 2016, Detective/Lieutenant Zienowicz was promoted to her current rank and became the Division Commander for the Protective Services Division.  She is currently the Division Commander of the Special Services Division, overseeing CSI, the Evidence Section and the Bomb Squad Section.

Detective Lieutenant Zienowicz has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Boston College and a Master’s of Arts degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice.  She is married and the mother of four (4) children.

Training for the program is provided by the FBI Academy instructional staff, Special Agents, and other staff members holding advanced degrees, many of whom are recognized internationally in their fields of expertise.  Tracing its roots back to 1935, a total of 51,270 graduates now represent the alumni of the FBI National Academy.

Undersheriff Mark S. Spitzer said, “We are very grateful for the FBI’s invitation for Detective/Lieutenant Zienowicz to experience this internationally renowned leadership opportunity.  The Sheriff encourages leadership level training for all his Command Staff.  This past spring, Detective/Lieutenant Mark Chiarolanza graduated from the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Course; Detective/Lieutenant Denise Thornton is slotted to attend an upcoming session.”

Detective/Lieutenant Zienowicz is the second female to be sent by the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and graduate the program; Retired Chief Carol Ackerman was the first in 2002.