Undersheriff Brian J. Klimakowski
On January 6, 2016 Brian J. Klimakowski was appointed as Undersheriff by Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy. Undersheriff Klimakowski is the Director of the Ocean County Police Academy. He is the executive officer of training and runs the day to day operations of this entity. Undersheriff Klimakowski is a Certified Police Instructor in the State of New Jersey and holds numerous instructor certifications of a vast variety.
Undersheriff Klimakowski retired as the Chief of Police / Director of Public Safety after 28 years of service with the Manchester Township Police Department on March 1, 2015. Prior to his retirement, Undersheriff Klimakowski was responsible for both the Division of Police and the Division of Emergency Services which included law enforcement, fire suppression and prevention, emergency medical services and emergency management.
Prior to his appointment as Undersheriff (Ocean County), Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety (Manchester), Klimakowski served the citizens of Ocean County for more than four years as the Commander of the Ocean County Regional SWAT Team. This is a countywide team of specially trained police officers who provide tactical response to 30 County Municipalities. Serving on SWAT more than 21 years, Undersheriff Klimakowski was involved in more than 300 tactical operations providing skillful leadership.
During Undersheriff Klimakowski’s tenure as Chief of Police in Manchester, he served on the Governor's School Security Task Force which was created to enhance the safety and security of New Jersey’s public and nonpublic schools. He served on New Jersey’s Law Enforcement and Education working group and on the Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness (OHSP), Emergency Services Sector Working Group. He has provided active shooter and emergency preparedness statewide in the area of school security and safety. Up to his retirement as Chief, Klimakowski also served as the Homeland Security & Operations Liaison for the New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police where he provided expert guidance on Use of Force, Less-Lethal, CED’s, Active Shooter and School Security and Safety. Undersheriff Klimakowski is also a recognized expert in school safety and security by the New Jersey School Boards Association.
Additionally, in May of 2014, Undersheriff Klimakowski was appointed by Mayor Michael Fressola to serve as the Business Administrator in Manchester Township. This appointment encompassed the management and supervision of all departments within the Township; the preparation and adoption of an annual budget of more than 30 million dollars, the overall supervision of more than 200 employees, the development and enforcement of purchasing and personnel practices, the continuous administrative review of departmental operating methods, the uninterrupted analysis of budget operations and the cost of municipal services, and the enforcement of ordinances, resolutions, and general laws applicable to municipal government.
Undersheriff Klimakowski holds a Master of Administrative Science degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has also received Graduate certificates in School Security & Safety Administration and Global Leadership & Administration. Undersheriff Klimakowski is a graduate of the West Point Command and Leadership program, is a Certified Public Manager (CPM) and is certified as an Accredited Chief Executive-Advanced. He is an Adjunct Faculty Member at Fairleigh Dickinson University teaching topics related to Public Administration.
Undersheriff Klimakowski is currently a member of the Ocean County Police Chiefs Association, the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, and the International Law Enforcement Educators & Trainers Association.
Undersheriff Klimakowski is a lifelong resident of Ocean County. He grew up in Manchester Township where he attended grade school and high school then later went on to serve ten years as a volunteer with the Manchester Township First Aid Squad; achieving Life Member status. He currently resides in the Township of Toms River, with his wife and four children.
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