Interim Commissioner/Chief Financial Officer/Assistant Commissioner-Finance
On July 1, 2020, Kevin Dehmer was named Interim Commissioner for the New Jersey Department of Education by Governor Murphy.
“It has been an honor to serve with Commissioner Repollet as part of a team that has worked with schools to make significant strides in academics and navigate some extraordinary challenges. I look forward to guiding the Department as it transitions to its next chapter of leadership.”
Kevin Dehmer is Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Commissioner for the Division of Finance at the New Jersey Department of Education. He supervises the application of the state’s school funding formula to determine state aid for school districts, the calculation of district tuition rates, and the funding of charter schools.
Additional responsibilities include the funding and regulation of student transportation and non-public schools, student residency determination, and required U.S. Department of Education fiscal reporting. He also oversees accounting guidance for all public schools and approved private schools for students with disabilities, long range school facilities planning and school facility project review, state monitors in fiscally distressed school districts, and the inter-district public school choice program.
As the Department’s Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Dehmer oversees the administration of all federal and state grants to school districts and charter schools as well as the Department’s office of information technology.
Prior to achieving this title, he served in various other leadership roles within the Department, including: Special Assistant in the development of the School Funding Reform Act, as the school finance expert in several Abbott v. Burke cases and for the Education Funding Task Force, Certified Project Officer for database analysis of National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) data, and contract manager for a multi-year study of special education funding.
Mr. Dehmer graduated from Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School with a Master’s degree in public policy and was an Eagleton Institute Graduate Fellow in Politics and Government after graduating from Saint John’s University in Minnesota with bachelor’s degrees in economics and political science.