OCEAN CITY – The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce is honored to announce the recipient of the Chamber’s 2023 Citizen of the Year Award. The Business and Beautification awards and the Citizen of the Year award will be presented at the Chamber’s dinner on Wednesday, November 15th at 6 PM at The Flanders Hotel.
This year, the Citizen of the Year Award will be presented to Chief Jay Prettyman. The Chamber is recognizing Chief Prettyman for his extensive service to the citizens and children of Ocean City. He is involved in many volunteer and philanthropic organizations, as well as social and religious organizations.
Chief Prettyman accepted a full-time position as a Police Officer in September 1995. He has an extensive background in law enforcement, and while employed full-time, he earned his Masters of Science degree in Public Safety/Environmental Protection from Saint Joseph’s University. He is also a Certified Public Manager and attended the prestigious FBI National Academy, Session #237, in 2009.
He is the current president of the Cape May County Association of Chiefs of Police and a Past President of the New Jersey Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates. Chief Prettyman obtained certification as a New Jersey State Certified Advanced Law Enforcement Executive, a New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police (NJSACOP) Accreditation Team Leader and Assessor, and is a New Jersey Police Training Commission certified instructor with specialized certifications in firearms, sub-gun, and physical fitness.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career, including multiple PBA Distinguished Service Awards, several Life-Saving Awards, Outstanding Police Work Award, and a Certificate of Merit. Chief Prettyman resides in Ocean City with his wife, Tiffany, and their two children, Phoebe and Chloe.