Joseph Geleta

School of Administrative Science

Program Affiliations

Joseph Geleta is the Director of Emergency Management for the NJ Department of Human Services. He coordinates emergency management plans and activities for all Department facilities and staff. With over 12,000 employees the Department is the largest in state government. He serves as the State’s lead for Mass Care Coordination (Sheltering and Feeding) as part of the State’s Emergency Operation Plan and coordinates the activities of the numerous agencies involved with same.

He previously served as the Executive Director of NJ211 Partnership, the statewide help and referral call center. By simply calling 2-1-1, individuals and families can be connected to health and human service resources across the state. The website of lists over 3,000 agencies offering over 10,000 services to those seeking assistance.

Prior to his position at NJ211, he served as a NJ State Trooper for 30 years. He was assigned to the Homeland Security Branch as part of the Emergency Management Section. He retired as a Captain of the Recovery Bureau where he served as the Bureau Chief overseeing Hurricane Sandy recovery operations throughout the state. He was also assigned as the Assistant Bureau Chief of the Communications Bureau where he managed the operations of the State-wide 9-1-1 call center and the 5 NJ State Police Operational Dispatch Units. He managed the State’s Community Emergency Response Team Program which today numbers over 450 teams with over 20,000 volunteers.

He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy where he holds a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice. He has a Master’s Degree from Seton Hall University, Bachelor’s Degree from Thomas Edison University and an Associates Degree from Middlesex County College.


Short Abstract


  • MA Seton Hall University
  • BS Thomas Edison University
  • AS Middlesex County College

Courses Taught

  • Personal Finance
  • Media Relations
  • Crisis and Risk Communication
  • Human Resource Management
  • Homeland Security
  • Incident Command System