Morris County Sheriff’s Office Chief Officer Kelley Zienowicz has enhanced her managerial skills by graduating from the rigorous, 13-week Command and Leadership Academy run by the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police.
Chief Zienowicz, who was promoted on September 3, 2019, to her position as the Agency’s highest-ranking Officer, previously graduated from the prestigious FBI Academy.
The Command and Leadership Academy ran three fall 2019 classes – in northern and southern New Jersey and in Newcastle County, Delaware – with Chief Zienowicz attending the northern class held at the Morris County Public Safety Training Academy.
All three classes were together for the Academy’s 55th graduation on January 30 at a ceremony held in East Windsor. The keynote speaker was New Jersey State Police Superintendent Patrick J. Callahan.
The class – attended by Law Enforcement Officers from Morris County and elsewhere in the state – focused on management theories, crisis management and resolving interpersonal conflicts. Students completed four written exams and individual case study projects.
“A big takeaway of the class is the camaraderie and networks and communication lines you build in the region. It’s always good to be exposed to new instructors and work with others in management positions to learn other ways of doing things that may be more effective,” Chief Zienowicz said.
Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon said Chief Zienowicz has proven to be an outstanding Chief in the Agency and sole female Chief in Morris County.
“By graduating from the Command and Leadership Academy, Chief Zienowicz has expanded her professional skills to be more adept at recognizing challenges to law enforcement and maintaining a high morale and discipline in the Agency,” Sheriff Gannon said.
NJSACOP leaders in 1993 traveled to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point to work with its Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership to adapt the coveted West Point model of command for its Command and Leadership Academy.