On January 6th, 2016, Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy appointed Brian J. Klimakowski as Undersheriff and Director of the Ocean County Police Academy.
Undersheriff Brian Klimakowski retired in March of 2015 as the Chief of Police / Director of Public Safety after 28 years of service with the Manchester Township Police (NJ). 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 Chief of Police/Director of Public Safety, Undersheriff 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 of the county’s 33 municipalities. The team consisted of over 100 members from three sections; Tactical Operations, Negotiations and Snipers. His duties as Tactical Commander included the development of strategies and solutions for all tactical situations which exceeded the capabilities of traditional law enforcement, the planning and execution of executive protection details, the assessment of risk and vulnerability, the planning and execution of high risk operations, the containment and de-escalation of barricaded, armed or potentially armed suspects, active shooters and hostage situations. During his more than 21 years in SWAT, Undersheriff Klimakowski was involved in more than 300 SWAT operations and has provided expert guidance and opinion in the area of SWAT and Tactical Operations.
During Undersheriff Klimakowski’s tenure as Chief, he served on the Governors School Security Task Force which was created to enhance the safety and security of New Jersey’s public and nonpublic schools. Chief Klimakowski also 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. This group provides guidance in areas of prevention, preparedness, response and recovery, and is the first line of defense in the prevention and mitigation of risk from terrorist attacks, manmade incidents, and natural disasters. He has also provided expert guidance statewide in the area of school security and safety, active shooter, and emergency preparedness. Up to his retirement, Undersheriff 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 ordnances, resolutions, and general laws applicable to municipal government. Undersheriff Klimakowski served in this position until his retirement on March 1st, 2015.
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 also certified as an Accredited Chief Executive-Advanced. Undersheriff Klimakowski is also a certified police instructor in the State of New Jersey and holds numerous instructor certifications in a wide variety of topics. He is also an Adjunct Faculty Member at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where he teaches various 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 the grade school and high school and 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.