Mitchell C. Sklar was appointed Executive Director of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police [NJSACOP] in April, 1999. As the Chief Executive Officer of the Association, he is responsible for overall administration, professional services, education and professional development, government and public affairs, publications, budgeting, and staff management of one of the largest police executive organizations in the United States.
Mr. Sklar is also responsible for leading the NJSACOP Law Enforcement Accreditation Program, which administers the voluntary audit and accreditation of police and other law enforcement agencies throughout the state. He is a frequent presenter and commentator on matters related to law enforcement issues and the role of chief police officers. He serves as the primary Facilitator for the NJSACOP Police Executive Institute, the NJSACOP Senior Leaders and the NJSACOP Advanced Policing Practices courses, and the New Police Chiefs Orientation.
Prior to joining the NJSACOP, Mr. Sklar served as legislative advisor for Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Judiciary and related issues for a United States Senator in Washington, DC. He also served as Director of Government Relations for the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, an Assistant Municipal Court Prosecutor, and as a Judicial Law Clerk in the Superior Court of New Jersey.
Mr. Sklar received his Juris Doctor degree from the Rutgers University School of Law, a Master of Administrative Science degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics & Government from the University of Hartford. He has completed the Police Legal Advisors Training Program at the United States Federal Law Enforcement Training Center [FLETC] in Glynco, GA, the Senior Leadership Programme at Great Britain's College of Policing, and the Executing Public Policy for Police Executives and the Integrated Risk Management programs at the Canadian Police College. Additionally, he has received a Certificate in Facilitation Skills and a Certificate in Training Needs Analysis from the British Institute for Learning and Development & The Training Foundation.
Mr. Sklar serves on the Monmouth University Department of Criminal Justice Advisory Board, and is a member of the Legal Officers Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He has completed the Nonprofit Management Program at The College of New Jersey, and has attained the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives.
Current "Executive Director's Report" from the NJ Police Chief Magazine: