Chief Sheriff’s Officer Kelley Zienowicz was sworn in to the Chief’s position by Morris County Sheriff James M. Gannon on September 3, 2019, and is the Agency’s highest-ranking Sheriff’s Officer in the Bureau of Law Enforcement and the sole female Chief in Morris County.
As Chief, she is responsible for daily oversight over 120 sworn Officers and non-sworn members of the Bureau’s three divisions: Protective Services, Specialty Services, and Criminal Investigations.
Chief Zienowicz grew up in Chester, NJ, and attended Villa Walsh Academy. She earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Boston College in 1999, and a master of arts degree in forensic psychology from John Jay College in New York City in 2003.
Chief Zienowicz began her career as a civilian employee with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office in 1999. Within a year, she was hired as a Sheriff’s Office Investigator, and in 2001, she attended and completed training at the Morris County Police Academy and was first assigned to the Protective Services Division.
Chief Zienowicz has refined her skills over nearly two decades by serving in most of the agency’s divisions. One of her greatest achievements was her nomination to attend the 273rd Session of the FBI National Academy, a 10-week course of study in Quantico, Virginia, in the summer of 2018. Shortly after her promotion to Chief in September 2019, she began further leadership studies at the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police Command and Leadership Academy.
Early in her career, Chief Zienowicz was assigned to the Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) Unit, where she spent 11 years assisting in multiple criminal investigations throughout Morris County.
Chief Zienowicz qualified at trial as an expert fingerprint witness, and testified about evidence in other trials, including the high-profile murder prosecutions of defendants Jose Feliciano, Anthony Novellino and Carlos Rojas.
Chief Zienowicz was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in April 2012 and assigned to the Legal Services Division as the Executions and Foreclosure Section Supervisor. That promotion was followed on March 1, 2016, by advancement to the rank of Detective Lieutenant.
She served as Division Commander in the Administrative Division, overseeing Internal Affairs and the Special Operations Section before a transfer in September 2016 to the Protective Services Division where she oversaw the courthouse complex and operations and security at the Dover Probation Office.
Upon graduating the FBI National Academy in 2018, Chief Zienowicz oversaw the Special Services Division which encompassed CSI, the Evidence Section and the Bomb Squad.
Chief Zienowicz is the recipient of multiple awards, including: Sheriff’s Achievement Award, Exceptional Duty Award, Unit Citation Medal, Professional Service Medal, Educational Achievement Medal-Master’s Degree, Morris County Detective’s Association Distinguished Achievement Unit Award, and the NJ Women in Law Enforcement Breaking the Glass Ceiling Award, which is given to women who achieve a law enforcement rank of lieutenant or higher.
Chief Zienowicz is a three-time Police Unity Tour rider and participates annually in the Special Olympics Torch Run.