Frank X. Balles resides in Egg Harbor Township with his wife Cyndi. He has two children, Michael (25) and Kerri (24). Frank is a lifelong resident of Atlantic County and a 1980 graduate of Absegami High School.
Frank’s law enforcement career began with the Pleasantville Police Department during the summer of 1984 when he became an Auxiliary Police Officer. In 1986 he was hired with the City of Pleasantville as a Police Officer. Frank was assigned to the Traffic Safety Unit as a Motor Cycle Officer. After five years in that capacity, he was promoted to Sergeant of the Traffic Safety Unit and was also responsible for the supervision of a squad in the Patrol Division. In 1995, Frank was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as a watch commander of a squad in the patrol division. During this time, Frank also served as the Coordinator of Traffic Safety, Court Liaison, Grants Manager, and Staff Services. After eight years in this capacity, Frank was promoted to Captain and assigned to the Patrol Division. He was then assigned the Administrative Captain where he was responsible for the departmental budget, purchasing, the Telecommunications Department, Staff Services, and Supervisor of Field Training. Frank also served as the acting Chief of Police as needed. Frank is an instructor at the Atlantic County Police Academy where he instructs recruits as well as full time police officers. His specialties include: Emergency Vehicle Operation, Vehicle Pursuit, Officer Survival, Patrol Tactics, and Traffic Safety, including Radar Operation. Frank is the former Team Leader for the County Emergency Response Team as well as Pleasantville’s Emergency Response Team.
Frank has received numerous awards from the Mainland P.B.A., the Chief of Police and the City of Pleasantville that included The National Division of Highway Traffic Safety sanctioned award that The National Black Mayors Association presented to the City for a traffic safety program.
Frank is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Class 240 and the National Sheriffs Institute. Frank’s certifications include NJ Certified Public Manager (Level I, II, III), West Point Command and Leadership Program, Internal Affairs Procedures, Grants Management Training, Accident Analysis, Cultural Diversity, and Human Resources Management Training for the Law Enforcement Executive. During his 25 year law enforcement career, Frank has completed over 35 police related schools and many supervisory schools and seminars.
Frank has written and the City of Pleasantville received over 3 million dollars in grant funding that has enabled the police department to obtain equipment and manpower that it would otherwise have done without.
Frank has held many volunteer positions that include Pleasantville P.A.L., Pleasant Woods Sports Association, Cape Atlantic Tigers AAU, and Moss Mill Hollow HOA. Frank is a member of the E.H.T. Elks Lodge, NAACP, and is a board member of Jersey Shore Council Boy Scouts of America. Frank serves on the Youth Services Commission, Stop the Violence in Atlantic County Committee, and is President of the Board of Directors of The Womens Center. Frank was sworn in as the First Vice President of the Sheriffs Association of New Jersey in January of 2011.
Frank was elected to the position of Atlantic County Sheriff on November 4, 2008. On January 1, 2009, Sheriff Frank X. Balles was administered the Oath of Office by Pleasantville Mayor Ralph Peterson, Sr. in front of over 650 friends, family, and supporters. Mayor Peterson has sworn him in to every position he has held to date. Sheriff Frank X. Balles has made many changes to the Atlantic County Sheriffs Office since 2009 including reinstating the K-9 Unit and adding a Community Policing Unit. Frank has worked tirelessly to reduce outstanding warrants throughout the County and has officers back on the streets and in your towns assisting local law enforcement, specifically with the addition of municipal transports to the Atlantic County Justice Facility. Franks goal is to continue to improve the quality of life for the residents of Atlantic County with the Pride, Integrity, and Leadership that its residents deserve!