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Sheriff Gary G. Schaffer

The Sheriff is the highest and only Law Enforcement Official elected by the people.

Sheriff Gary Schaffer has served the Cape May County Public Safety Community for over 42 years. During this time he has trained and educated almost all the law enforcement officers in Cape may County. He has an unprecedented working relationship with the Cape may County Chiefs of Police.

Sheriff Schaffer served Ocean City Police for over 25 years. He began his career working as an undercover police officer assigned to the Cape may County Prosecutor's narcotic Strike force and retired as a Detective Lieutenant. He commanded the Detective Bureau, Juvenile Bureau, SWAT team, Lead Internal Affairs Investigator and Public Information Officer. He has his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Stockton State College and additional 15 semester credit hours from the University of Virginia in Criminal Justice. He has attended over 70 police training schools during his career; graduated the New Jersey chiefs of Police West Point Command and Leadership Program, the national Sheriff's Institute 98th Session and the FBI National Academy 192nd session. He was past president of the Ocean City PBA Local #61 for over 5 years and a gold life member of that organization.

Sheriff Schaffer was appointed as Director of the Cape May County Public Safety training Center in 1998, responsible for organizing and supervising both basic and advanced, police, fire, EMS and 911 Dispatch Training. Sheriff Schaffer is a New Jersey Police training Commission instructor and firearms range master. Sheriff Schaffer is a member of the New Jersey Police training Commission that set the standards for police training and currently sits as their Chairman of the Appeals and Legislative Committee. He served five terms as President of the New Jersey Police Academy Director's Association.

Sheriff Schaffer was named Ocean City Police Officer of the year in 1979 and again in 1997. He is the only officer to receive this award twice. He received the 2011 American Criminal Justice Gene Carte' Memorial Award for outstanding life time contributions to the field of criminal justice, from the American Criminal Justice Association. Sheriff Schaffer is also a member of the Board of trustees at Shore Memorial Hospital.

He is involved in community and church programs, has served on his parish council, is a lector and Eucharistic minister and has coached youth soccer. He resides in Upper Township with his wife Debbie and they have four children, two of whom are police officers; and has three grandchildren.


Contact the Sheriff at sheriff@cmcsheriff.net

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Sheriff Gary G. Schaffer

Term expires: December 31, 2017


Revised on August 30, 2017


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