Michael A. Conrad
Financial Secretary, Deputy Director, Hudson County Department of Corrections
I started my career in corrections in August of 1995. I graduated from the Monmouth County Police Academy in December 1997. In December of 2002, I was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
In September 2008, I was selected to participate in the Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s 287(g) program at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Charleston, SC. The training program was a rigorous four-week training that included coursework in immigration law, the use of ICE databases, multi-cultural communication and the avoidance of racial profiling.
In March of 2012, I was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. As Lieutenant, I was the Shift Commander, responsible for the overall safe and secure operation of the facility. I was responsible for supervising, overseeing, directing all officers and supervisors in all phases of the operation, having thorough knowledge of rules and regulations, policies and procedures, post orders and directives of the department.
In January of 2013, I was promoted to Unit Manager were I became responsible for writing policies, making frequent assessments and measurements of the performance of subordinates to ensure that such performance was within acceptable limits and that subordinates met the operational and managerial goals of the organization. In addition, as a Unit Manager I enforced all HCDOC&R Policies, Procedures, Rules, Regulations, Directives and Orders by taking corrective action when necessary.
While a supervisor I served the members of local PBA 109A in the capacity of Treasurer for one term. After that, I was voted in as Vice President for one term. Due to my dedication and devotion to the members, I was voted President for two terms. My second term as President was cut short due to my promotion to the rank of Captain. As President, I was able to secure a contract with the County of Hudson that would benefit the local for years to come while giving the county flexibility to negotiate with other union locals.
In November of 2015, I was promoted to Administrative Captain given the task to oversee all Lieutenants, Unit Managers and O.I.C’s (Officer’s in Charge). In addition, I oversaw the construction of capital improvement budget; ensuring that each project had institutional integrity and that all purchasing protocols were followed during the procurement process.
In August of 2017, I was promoted to Deputy Director where I am currently in charge of the day-to-day operations of the facility. During my twenty-four (24) distinguished years in corrections, I have dedicated myself to being a public servant.
My wife of 24 years Kelly Conrad, my daughter Shadirah, my two sons Michael and Myles, and my surrogate niece Uzziah Rivers have supported me in my 25-year career.