Frank Balles is a career law enforcement professional, not another politician.
Born and raised in Atlantic County, Frank Balles has spent more than 25 years of his life patrolling its streets and protecting our local community. Prior to his election as Sheriff, Frank spent more than two decades as a police officer in Pleasantville rising through the ranks to Administrative Captain. In 2008, during his first bid for public office, Balles decisively defeated 15 year incumbent Sheriff Jim McGettigan. The more than 58,000 votes Balles received that year remain the most in the history of Atlantic County government.
As Sheriff, Frank has reenergized the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office. When some said it couldn’t be done, Frank worked with local officials, Republicans and Democrats, to reestablish regular patrols of Atlantic County’s more rural municipalities. Frank also led the effort to establish the office’s first K-9 unit which volunteers maintain at no expense to taxpayers. In addition to municipal patrols and the K-9 unit, Frank has also worked with local police chiefs to handle the transportation of prisoners to the Atlantic County Justice Facility. This shared service eases the burden on local police departments allowing them to keep more of their officers out on the street.
The transformation of the Atlantic County Sheriff Office has not gone unnoticed and Frank’s fellow Sheriff’s elected him as the President of the New Jersey Sheriff’s Association. Over the years, Frank’s efforts have been recognized with numerous awards from the City of Pleasantville, Mainland PBA, NAACP, and the Stop the Violence Campaign of Atlantic City and Pleasantville.
During his distinguished law enforcement career, he has completed the FBI National Academy, the National Sheriffs Institute, the West Point Command and Leadership Program, and more than 35 law enforcement related schools and seminars. As an instructor at the Atlantic County Police Academy, Frank has used his knowledge and experience to train the next generation of law enforcement professionals. Respected by his peers, Frank is the former Commander of both the Atlantic County and Pleasantville Emergency Response Teams.
Frank resides in Egg Harbor Township with his wife Cyndi. He has two children, Michael and Kerri.