IACP 4th Vice President - Philadelphia - 2017

  • Chief Wagner began his law enforcement career as a Police Officer with the Denville Township Police Department in August 1988. He holds a degree in Public Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree.

  • Denville Township Police Department is located in Northwestern New Jersey, with a population of approximately 14,000 residents. The Core Values of the Denville Police Department are Honesty, Integrity, Fairness, Compassion and Respect 
  • In 2007, Chief Wagner was promoted to Chief of Police .  During his tenure, he has led the Department  ​through two officer-involved shootings, a violent murder, and though Hurricane Irene - the worst weather-related disaster to strike the Township.

  • During his career, Chief Wagner has served in every division of the department including assignments as Detective, D.A.R.E. Officer, Community Services and Internal Affairs

  • Chief Wagner served as President of the ​Morris County Detectives Association, D.A.R.E. Officers Association, Juvenile Officers Association, as well as President of the Morris County Chiefs of Police Association in 2011.

  • Chief Wagner has served as ​President of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police  from 2015 - 2016, and has been an active member since 2007.  In addition, he has served on the NJSACOP Legislative Committee and was Chair of the Traffic Safety Committee. He currently serves as President of the New Jersey Police Chiefs Foundation.

  • Among his proudest accomplishments in NJSACOP ​was the passage of legislation in November 2016 creating a new classification of Class III Special Police Officers to conduct security in schools. Wagner spearheaded this legislation in the Association soon after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut.  After commanding two years of meetings with police unions, other law enforcement agencies, and legislators, the Bill was signed by the Governor.  This law will allow local police departments to hire recently retired police officers to work  as an armed, uniformed police officer  in school buildings for purposes of providing security. In addition, this law will provide a much more cost-effective option for police departments and schools who wish to have an armed, uniformed police officer protecting their schools and students.

  • In addition to the Class III Legislation that Chief Wagner spearheaded, ​he has also testified before the New Jersey Legislators in Trenton on Bills related to Graduated Driver Licensing, and Criminal Justice Reform. 

  • Also during his tenure as President of NJSACOP, Chief Wagner collaborated with the New Jersey Latino Leadership Alliance and the New Jersey Chapter of the NAACP​ to provide the members of these associations with the opportunity to participate in use of force scenarios using a state-of-the-art firearms training simulator.  This opportunity helped the association members have a better understanding of the split-second decision making made by police officers in stressful situations.

  • Since 2007, Chief Wagner has been a member of the IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) and has served on the Professional Standards, Image and Ethics Committee in addition to being a SACOP representative for two years.

  • Chief Wagner is a New Jersey Police Training Commission ​Certified Instructor and has lectured for Recruit Classes and in-service training on topics such as Patrol Concepts, Community Policing, Courtroom Testimony, and Ethics and Workplace Harassment.  In addition, he is a Certified Police Instructor Trainer through the New Jersey Police Training Commission.

  • Chief Wagner currently holds ​an appointment on the New Jersey Attorney General's Committee on Police Community Relations.  This Committee has worked diligently over the past two years to assist the New Jersey Attorney General on his directives relating to Body Worn Cameras, Officer Involved Shooting Investigations, and use of Controlled Energy Devices - all of which were either newly issued or amended since the Committee has been in place. 

  • ​Chief Wagner also serves as Vice President of Saint Peters Orphanage in Denville, where he also is a member of the orphanage Finance Committee.  The Orphanage is a residential treatment facility for adolescent boys ages 6-16 years of age, whose parents, for a variety of reasons, are unable to care for them.  

  • On a personal level, Chief Wagner is a devoted husband of 25 years to his wife, Lisa. They have two daughters, Alyssa age 23, and Krysten age 20. They are also proud grandparents of their 2-year old grandson Gavin.   They reside in Denville.