Born and raised in Atlantic County, Frank X. Balles has spent more than 30 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 a 15 year incumbent. The more than 58,000 votes Balles received that year remain the most votes partnered by a candidate in the history of Atlantic County elections.
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 the office’s K-9 unit as well as regular patrols of Atlantic County’s more rural municipalities. In addition, 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. Frank is a proponent of the benefits of community policing and began the first county-wide Community Policing Unit, supporting municipalities who connect with their residents through local events.
Beginning his career as an Auxiliary Police Office, Frank has a passion for volunteerism. He began Explorer Post #29 shortly after his election. The post allows youth throughout the county to learn about the benefits of a career in law enforcement as well as a variety of public safety careers. You can see the young men and women from this post throughout the county assisting local police departments when requested.
The transformation of the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office has not gone unnoticed and Frank’s fellow Sheriffs elected him as the President of the Sheriff’s Association of New Jersey in 2011. In addition, Frank’s efforts have been recognized with numerous awards from the City of Pleasantville, Mainland PBA, NAACP, The Women’s Center, Family Services Association, Jersey Shore Council of Boy Scouts, Crime Stoppers of Atlantic County, and the Coalition for a Safe Community. In 2013, Frank became the first and only officer from Atlantic County to be selected the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year by the American Legion of New Jersey Department.
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.