On January 1, 2011, Richard H. Berdnik was sworn in as the 49th Sheriff of Passaic County. On January 1, 2014, he started his second term.
Prior to becoming Sheriff, Richard Berdnik had a distinctive twenty-eight year career with the Clifton Police Department. Upon retirement, Sheriff Berdnik was the Commander of the Juvenile Division and the SWAT Team; previously, he had served in virtually every position in the agency. During his Clifton career, Sheriff Berdnik received numerous citations for exceptional service and received many certifications in various law enforcement functions.
Upon becoming Sheriff, Richard Berdnik undertook a complete top to bottom review of all aspects of the Sheriff’s Office. Because of that review, operations were streamlined and efficiencies were created. Sheriff Berdnik has focused on improving technology, training and overall operations of the agency. Sheriff Berdnik has been able to help local law enforcement investigate and increase enforcement of criminal activity. All three major Divisions of the Agency: the Patrol, Corrections and Courthouse Security have seen basic and operational improvements under Sheriff Berdnik’s leadership.
Sheriff Berdnik’s professional memberships include: Member of the FBI National Academy Associates, Member of the New Jersey Honor Legion of Decorated Officers and Member of the Passaic County and International Chiefs of Police Association.
Sheriff Berdnik is a graduate of Clifton High School, New Jersey State Police Academy, FBI National Academy and FBI National Executive Institute, and has taken numerous Criminal Justice classes at Seton Hall University, University Of Virginia and Caldwell College. Sheriff Berdnik is a Parishioner and Eucharistic Minister at Clifton’s St. Andrew’s Church and 4th Degree Knights of Columbus. For nearly thirty years, Richard Berdnik has been married to his wife, Monica Berdnik, who is a pediatric nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson; they have four adult children.