Executive Undersheriff


Executive Undersheriff is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Sheriff's Office, as well as all administrative and budgetary matters within the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Michael Saudino appointed Executive Undersheriff  to this position based on his vast administrative experience and his ability to effectively manage large budgets.

Executive Undersheriff serves as Sheriff of Bergen County in Sheriff Saudino's absence.


Undersheriff Bob Colaneri

Undersheriff Bob Colaneri

Undersheriff Colaneri was appointed by Sheriff Saudino to oversee the Corrections Division of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office. In this capacity he is responsible for over 300 sworn Correction Officers, dozens of civilian staff members, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement “ICE” detainees, and as many as 1,500 prisoners in the jail.

 Undersheriff Colaneri retired in 2005 after over 27 years of service in Bergen County law enforcement. Undersheriff Colaneri is also a veteran of the U.S Army where he served as a U.S. Military Policeman. While in the Carlstadt Police Department, Undersheriff Colaneri held all ranks and retired as Detective Captain. Throughout his career, Undersheriff Colaneri was involved with multiple major undercover operations which resulted in the seizure of millions of dollars’ worth of evidence and funds. During his time undercover, Undersheriff Colaneri was sworn in as a U.S. Marshal. Undersheriff Colaneri is the recipient of numerous law enforcement commendations including the Bergen County Police Chief’s Valor Award and the State of New Jersey VFW Police Officer of the Year award.





Undersheriff Harry Shortway, Jr.
Undersheriff Harry Shortway, Jr.

Undersheriff Shortway is in charge of foreclosures, writs and the execution of writs under the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office. Furthermore, Undersheriff Shortway is responsible for purchasing issues and accounting within the department. Undersheriff Shortway also oversees the civil and personnel arms of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office.

Undersheriff Harry Shortway is a 42 year veteran of law enforcement in Bergen County and a decorated veteran in the United States Marine Corps. During his career in the Ridgewood Police Department, Undersheriff Shortway earned multiple service commendations and took part in dozens of in-service seminars with issues ranging from juvenile crime to terrorism and intelligence training. Undersheriff Shortway brings decades of experience and training to the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office.

Undersheriff Brian Smith

Undersheriff Brian Smith

Undersheriff Smith was appointed by Sheriff Michael Saudino to serve as Undersheriff for the Bergen County Justice Center and the BCI (Bureau of Criminal Investigation) unit of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office. He is responsible for the daily operations of the Court House, ensuring the safety of all employees and visitors.

Undersheriff Smith spent 26 years with the Paramus Police Department and retired in 2005 as Captain of the Patrol Division. Undersheriff Smith was involved in the Paramus Community Policing Unit and the “Explorer Program” which fostered youth involvement in law enforcement. Undersheriff Smith has spent the last five years as Security Director for Paramus Catholic High School where he was responsible for the safety of approximately 1,700 faculty, students and staff.

Inspector Pell- A career law enforcement professional, Kevin Pell has held a variety of positions in the Bergen County Sheriff’s office. As Inspector Kevin oversees the daily operations of the Sheriff’s Office, oversees administrative and budget issues as well all units within the Sheriff’s Office excluding the Jail.

Inspector Kevin Pell began his law enforcement career in 1992 becoming a Correction Officer and maintained housing and security operations at the Bergen County Jail. He quickly moved up the ranks and in 2002 Inspector Pell was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. In April 2005, Kevin was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and in 2009 to the rank of Captain. As Captain, he coordinated the agency’s Accreditation program which was recognized by the state of New Jersey in 2013. In 2014 Kevin was promoted to the rank of Inspector by Sheriff Saudino. He is a Certified Public manager and has attended the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development program. Inspector Pell is also a state certified police instructor and a defensive tactics instructor.

Warden Christopher Davies

Warden Christopher Davies has been employed by the Bergen County Sheriff's Office since 1993. After a steady rise through the ranks, Davies was promoted to the rank of Warden in May of 2014. As Warden, he is responsible for the daily administration, operation, and maintenance of the Bergen County Jail, and for the protection, custody and discipline of all inmates.  The Corrections Division is comprised of 330 sworn and civilian employees, and the Jail has a rated capacity of 1150 inmates. 

During his previous assignment as Captain (2008-2014), Davies had overseen all security and custody operations at the Jail, the Jail Intelligence Unit, Jail Security Unit, and served as the commander of the Sheriff's Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T.). Since 2006 Davies has also served as the Officer-In-Charge of the Sheriff’s Training and Re-Direction Team (S.T.A.R.T), a regimented and high intensity court ordered summer program designed to rehabilitate and re-direct juvenile offenders from incarceration. 

As a Lieutenant, Davies was assigned to the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute in Mahwah where he served as the Sheriff’s Office Liaison to the Bergen County Police Academy, and the lead instructor for all Basic Corrections Officer Training.

Warden Davies holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College, a Master’s Degree in Education from Seton Hall University, and is a Certified Public Manager. He is also a N.J. Police Training Commission Certified Academy Instructor, a Physical Conditioning Instructor, and a Certified Chemical Agent Operator.







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Captain Gene Kolich- Captain Gene Kolich began his law enforcement career as corrections officer in the Bergen County Jail in 1992 as a corrections officer maintaining housing unit and security operations in the Bergen County jail. In 1995, Captain Kolich became a sheriff’s officer and assigned to court security and in 2004 he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Captain Kolich’s leadership skills soon became easily recognized for his reorganized for his reorganization of the agency’s Archive Records Maintenance System. In 2008 Kolich 

was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned to the Professional Standards Unit. In 2014 Sheriff Saudino promoted Lieutenant Gene Kolich to the rank of Captain.  A career law enforcement professional with 22 years of service with the Sheriff’s Office, Captain Kolich is a graduate of the FBI Leadership for Police Executives and is a Certified Public Manager in the State of New Jersey.  Captain Kolich currently supervises Homeland Security/Operations Division, Special Services and the Canine Units.