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WARDEN THEODORE J. HUTLER Jr. has been in charge of Ocean County’s Correctional facilities for over thirty-three years and is New Jersey's Senior Jail Warden. Prior to his current position as head of the Ocean County Department of Corrections, the Warden served for two years as the Director of the County’s Juvenile Detention Center and Children’s Shelter. Mr. Hutler began his 40 year Criminal Justice career as a police officer with the Lacey Township, NJ Police Department. While with Lacey PD he served as PBA Local 238’s State Delegate. He has also served as Ocean County’s Criminal Justice Planning Director and as an Undersheriff with the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.

Warden Hutler earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. and a Master’s Degree in Administration from Rider University. He also is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and while there earned a Certificate in Criminal Justice Education from the University of Virginia. The Warden is a nationally Certified Public Manager (CPM) through the New Jersey Department of Personnel and has earned a Post-Graduate Certificate in Administrative Sciences from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has attended over eighty seminars and courses given by the National Institute of Corrections, National Sheriff’s Association, American Jail Association, American Correctional Association, New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Corrections Officer’s Training Academy, New Jersey County Jail Wardens Association and various other Criminal Justice Agencies. Warden Hutler was the first corrections’ professional in New Jersey to be certified by the American Jail Association as a Certified Jail Manager (CJM) and he is also a graduate of the National Institute of Correction’s prestigious Executive Excellence Program. The Warden is a Certified Instructor by the New Jersey Police Training Commission and has been a presenter at both State and National Correctional Conferences as well as instructing at the Ocean County Police Academy.

The Warden is a former Executive Board member of the New Jersey County Jail Wardens’ Association and has twice served as the Association’s President. He was a leader in getting legislation passed that mandated Corrections Officers receive basic training and certification by the New Jersey Police Training Commission. His other professional affiliations include serving a member and past Chairman of the New Jersey Administrative Office of the Courts County Corrections Information System (CCIS) Policy Board. The Warden has also served as a member of the New Jersey Parole Advisory Board and the Governor’s Counter-Terrorism Law Enforcement Advisory Council. He holds memberships in the American Correctional Association, Middle Atlantic States Correctional Association, American Jail Association, North American Association of Warden’s and Superintendents, FBI National Academy Associates, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Warden Hutler is an Instructor of Criminal Justice at Ocean County College and is also a member of the College’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board.

As head of the Ocean County Department of Corrections and its 250 Sworn Officers and professional staff, Warden Hutler, is responsible for over 700 inmates housed in the County Correctional Facility and participating in the Inmate Community Work Program. He has assisted in the planning of the New Correctional Facility which was opened in the summer of 2011 and has increased the jail’s New Jersey Department of Corrections’ rated inmate capacity to 756. He has also overseen various correctional renovations including the installation of a state of the art integrated security system and the renovation of the 1962 Jail and 1985 Justice Complex. The Department’s highly successful Community Work Program has received both National and State Awards and recognition. The Program’s Environmental Education and Safety program for elementary school students is professionally recognized for its success by the local school systems.

The Department is proud of its Officer Iggy (Internet Guardian Guiding Youth) and Officer SPARKLES (Special Programs and Resources Keeping Life Environmentally Safe) programs. These programs utilize robots and puppets in the education of Ocean County’s elementary school students on how to safely use the internet and keep the environment safe and clean. These educational programs have been presented to over 100,000 students during the past ten years.

The Department was the first in New Jersey to complete the four phases of the National Institute of Correction’s Objective Jail Classification Program (OJC). It also served as the pilot facility for the implementation of the State of New Jersey’s County Corrections Information System’s (CCIS) Objective Jail Classification. The program has since been validated by the National Institute of Corrections using Ocean County for its statistical review and is the model for New Jersey. Additionally, the Department's Health Care Services have been accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care since 1987 and received a perfect 100% compliance during its 2013 Accreditation process; the jail has been accredited by American Correctional Association from 1999 to 2008; and in 2013 was presented with a ‘Certificate of Compliance’ from the New Jersey Department of Corrections in recognition of attaining 100% compliance with the requirements of the State Manual of Standards for New Jersey Adult County Correctional Facilities. The Warden introduced Basic Correctional Officer Training to the Ocean County Police Academy in 2007 and since then nearly 75 correctional recruits have graduated from the first three basic classes having each completed sixteen weeks of training. Class #4 commenced in January of 2014. 15 Officers will graduate at the end of April and begin their careers as Correctional Professionals. Class #5 is scheduled to commence in July of 2014.

February 2014


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