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.

New Courthouse Entrance

Effective Monday, August 27, 2018, the new entrance to the Morris County Courthouse located on Court Street opened for public access to the Courthouse.

The public will no longer have access to the front doors of the historic Morris County Courthouse located on Washington Street.

Temporary exterior and interior signage will be used to guide visitors, as well as the placement of additional Morris County Sheriff’s Officers and Court employees to assist in this transitional period. Please remember to follow proper Courthouse entrance procedures.

Morris County Unveils “AlertMorris” Emergency Notification System

 Includes Potentially Lifesaving SMART911 Option 

The start-up of the “AlertMorris’’ emergency notification system, a countywide network to provide up-to-the-minute emergency messaging to residents throughout Morris County, is being jointly announced today by Morris County and many of its 39 municipalities.

Morris County Unveils AlertMorris will allow you to get emergency notifications in any manner you choose, including phone, email, text, or social media, so you can stay informed during major storms or other emergencies taking place throughout Morris County.

Each Morris County municipality will have the ability to get the right message to the right user at the right time from any device connected to the internet, and in just a few seconds.                                  

AlertMorris also offers a free Smart911 signup option for county residents, providing a greatly enhanced and potentially lifesaving 9-1-1 emergency call service for anyone who registers for it.

Please Sign Up: All county residents are encouraged to sign up.

Signing up is simple: Create your profile by visiting the Morris County website:  Just click on the green “Reverse 911 Signup” icon for your town to register through your municipal notification system.

Morris County government, through the Board of Freeholders and the Office of Emergency Management and the Morris County Communications 911 Center is financing AlertMorris and its Smart911 component at no cost to Morris County’s municipalities. **(see below)

“Under the AlertMorris banner, we are significantly improving our emergency notification capabilities to residents, businesses, and those who do business or travel through Morris County,’’ said Morris County Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. ““It meets our increasing security and notification needs as we close in on the year 2020 and beyond.’’

Morris County Unveils Users have the ability to enter multiple addresses located in multiple jurisdictions within a single profile. If you care for a loved one who lives in another Morris County town and want to be notified of issues affecting that person’s municipality, your one registration process will satisfy that need.

Residents in the county’s 39 towns are likely to see the new countywide alert system under municipal banners, such as AlertChathamBorough, which has been created by Chatham Borough and is posted on the borough’s website.

AlertMorris replaces the county’s McUrgent and Everbridge systems, and may in the future replace other notification systems used by some of the county’s municipalities.

Morris County Unveils

Although all data from the county’s previous notification system has been exported to AlertMorris, which should provide for a seamless transfer process, previous users still are encouraged to re-register to ensure the new system has all of your pertinent information.

The Morris County Office of Emergency Management and 911 Communications Center team, in partnership with Rave Mobile Safety, developed this easy to use system that allows emergency alerts and mass notifications to efficiently reach the public.

Working with Rave Mobile Safety, the county first rolled out Smart911 in late 2017: County Unveils

Smart 911 is FREE, and your information is secure, accessible only to a 9-1-1 call taker.  This service can provide key information to responders that can make your family safer.  For example:

  • Address Details: How to access your home, number of bedrooms, location of utility shut-offs, and if you live in a multi-family building;
  • Family Details: Number of residents, ages, photos of children, and your landline and mobile phone numbers;
  • Medical Information: Medical conditions of certain residents, medications taken/required, allergies, mobility of residents, and if special equipment is needed in an emergency;
  • Animals: A list of your pets, service animals and livestock, and their names so responders are aware of them as they enter your home. Also, include the name of your veterinarian;
  • Emergency Contacts: Family members, friends or neighbors to be contacted in case of an emergency;
  • Vehicles: Make, model and license plate number in case of a motor vehicle accident.

Residents can offer as much or as little information to first responders through Smart911 as they wish.

For questions about AlertMorris or Smart911 contact your local police department or the Morris County Office of Emergency Management at 973-829-8600. And, please, sign up now!   


** While all county residents can register for Smart911, not all municipal dispatch centers are enrolled in the system. Currently, 24 of 39 municipal dispatch centers are connected. Some others have indicated they may join in the future.

 That does not mean that persons signing up in non-member towns can’t take advantage of the system. It depends on where the 911 call is received – and that can include cell phone calls made on the road that reach member dispatch services inside or outside of Morris County.