OCEAN COUNTY Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy recently completed his participation in the 106th session of the National Sheriff’s Institute held in Aurora, Colorado.

“This was a great opportunity to network with other sheriffs from across the country,” said Mastronardy, who was sworn in as Ocean County Sheriff in January. “You learn a lot from other people who are facing similar challenges.

“Everyone brings something to the table,” he said. “Everyone has experiences to share.”

Mastronardy joined with 25 other sheriffs from across the country exploring the role of the local sheriff in providing effective leadership for the public good in such areas as public safety, criminal justice system policy, community relations, and organization effectiveness and efficiency.

“Sheriff Mastronardy has taken a proactive approach in heading up the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department,” said Ocean County Freeholder John P. Kelly, Director of Law and Public Safety. “He shows great leadership skills and he is empowering the officers and staff to do the best possible job for Ocean County’s residents.”

The National Sheriff’s Institute is a no cost program co-sponsored by the National Institute of Corrections and the National Sheriff’s Association.

“Sheriff Mastronardy is a leader with vision for the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office,” said Fred G. Wilson, NSA Director of Operations. “It is an honor to have Sheriff Mastronardy join the more than 2,500 graduates of the NSI since 1973.”

The NSA is a non-profit professional association located in Alexandria, Va. It represents nearly 3,100 elected sheriffs across the nation and has more than 20,000 members including law enforcement professionals, state and federal government employees, concerned citizens and students. 

Since 1940 the NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for law enforcement professionals.

“Information is one of the most powerful tools we have in order to do the best job possible,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. “Our Sheriff is in charge of public safety, from the courts to emergency management and a host of other areas. Staying up to date by participating in programs like the National Sheriff’s Institute will provide benefits to all our residents.”