Morris County Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Corrections Captains James Janzen and Robert McCaffrey – both active in planning Correctional Facility programs to curb recidivism – are retiring December 31st with more than 50 years of combined service.
Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon, fellow Officers and Staff gave the two Captains a moving send-off on Monday, December 30, that included a breakfast at the Correctional Facility and a traditional walkout ceremony.
With Officers lining a corridor within the facility, a bagpiper and the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Joint Honor Guard led the Captains down the line where they embraced and said goodbye to longtime colleagues.
Sheriff Gannon gave the Captains retirement badges, plaques and sketches of the Correctional Facility, and said he will always remember their contributions and regard for the professionalism of the Correctional Facility.
“They’ve done phenomenal work for this Agency,” the Sheriff said.
“Captains, you’ll always be part of this family here and I appreciate all you have done for a few Sheriffs. Under good times and bad times, you’ve always stayed steady. I’m personally very appreciative for all you have done,” Sheriff Gannon said.
He added: “These captains were always concerned about the men and women of this Agency, of this Bureau, every day. You’ll always be welcome here and thank you from the bottom of all of our hearts for all you have done. Now it’s time to open up chapter two of your lives.”
Captain Janzen was hired by the Sheriff’s Office Bureau of Corrections on July 18, 1994, while Captain McCaffrey was hired less than one month later, on August 8, 1994. Both graduated from separate classes at the Correctional Officers Training Academy in Skillman, N.J.
Captain McCaffrey earned the Academic Award at the Academy while Captain Janzen earned the Top Gun award in his class for firearms proficiency.
Captains Janzen and McCaffrey were two of the Correctional Facility’s most senior Officers and said they will remember the close working bonds they developed with fellow Officers, particularly while working at the former jail in Morristown before the relocation in 2000 to a state-of-the-art facility in Morris Township.
“I love this place and the people I have worked with,” said Captain McCaffrey. “We’re like a family here, and because we’re here 365 days a year we see each other on holidays and birthdays.”
Since Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon took office in January 2017, Captain Janzen, the philosophy toward the inmate population has progressed from one focused on keeping inmates locked down to one committed to reducing recidivism through community re-entry, substance abuse and anger management programs.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the way my career and everything turned out,” Captain Janzen said. “There’s a lot of camaraderie. It’s a different kind of job where you have to rely on each other.”
Captain McCaffrey grew up in Sussex and Morris Counties and then attended high school in Tennessee before returning to New Jersey and graduating from Parsippany High School. He worked as a travel agent and attended County College of Morris before being encouraged to take a Civil Service test that led to his hiring by the Sheriff’s Office.
Captain Janzen grew up in Parsippany and graduated from Parsippany Hills High School before earning an associate’s degree in business at County College of Morris. At CCM, he was a catcher and third baseman for the Titans and participated with his team in 1985 at the Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado.
He briefly attended Tennessee Wesleyan University on a baseball scholarship before returning to New Jersey for landscaping and archery jobs before he, like Captain McCaffrey, took a Civil Service test and was hired by the Sheriff’s Office.
Both Captains rose steadily through the ranks of Officer, Sergeant, and Lieutenant and worked in nearly all capacities of the Corrections Bureau.
Captain Janzen was promoted to Corporal in 1996 and served in the Intake/Process Unit and the SLAP Processing Unit. He was promoted to Sergeant in 2004 and first worked as Shift Sergeant before he assumed the duties in 2007 of Scheduling Sergeant.
Captain Janzen was promoted to Lieutenant in 2009 and oversaw the Records and SLAP Units, kitchen and scheduling. In 2015, he was elevated to the rank of Captain. He first served as Security Captain and is finishing his career as Administrative Captain in charge of fiscal management, training, health services, scheduling and payroll.
Captain McCaffrey was promoted to Sergeant in 2012, tasked with supervising day-to-day operations of the jail’s housing units. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2014, serving as Shift Commander and Support Services Commander until 2015 when he became Security Lieutenant with oversight over the Intake Unit, inmate discipline, classification and security auditing.
By 2016, he was promoted to Captain. He first started as Security Captain and is ending his career as Support Services Captain, responsible for facility programs, the Records Unit, computers, and purchasing of software programs.
Although he was involved in the creation of the Correctional Facility’s STAR program and Hope Wing, Captain McCaffrey credited Staff members and Sheriff Gannon for the projects that focus on successful re-entry into society and overcoming addiction.
“We have been blessed. There are a lot of good people here who want to do the right thing,” Captain McCaffrey said.
Both Captains have earned accolades during their service, including Captain McCaffrey who received an Honorable Service Medal for preventing an inmate suicide. While Captain Janzen has attained his Public Manager Certification, Captain McCaffrey recently received from CCM his associate’s degree in Criminal Justice.
Captain Janzen said he plans right now just to enjoy life, his family and friends. Captain McCaffrey plans to relocate to Tennessee with his family.