New Order Takes Shape in Shore Law Enforcement
Retirements, resignations and promotions signal a changing of the guard in Monmouth, Ocean and Atlantic County law enforcement.
Ocean County First Assistant Prosecutor Ron Deligny retired Friday, ending 25 years of service. Deligny served under the aegis of Prosecutors Daniel Carluccio, E. David Millard, Thomas Kelaher and Marlene Lynch Ford. He logged many years as leader of the trial section and on the Narcotics Strike Force.
Deligny routinely got the call for tough, high-profile cases with heated emotional overtones. Among them were the successful prosecution of the killer of Thelma Vazquez, the mother of the girlfriend of a witness to a murder in a Lakewood barber shop; and of Jack Fuller, now in prison for the murder and burial of Brick teenager Brittany Gregory. He most recently sent attorney John Koufos to prison for six years for hitting and severely injuring a pedestrian with his car in Toms River.
Monmouth County Prosecutor Peter Warshaw's nomination to a Superior Court judgeship was approved by the New Jersey State Senate. Warshaw had been longtime First Assistant Prosecutor, taking the lead role in place of Luis Valentin in January 2011.
Atlantic County Prosecutor Ted Housel handed in his resignation today. His First Assistant Prosecutor, James McClain, takes the helm on an interim basis. It is expected that his nomination by Governor Christie will meet with Senate approval.
"Although the Senate has been unable to deal with the confirmation of a number of nominated County Prosecutors," said Housel in a release, "it is my desire not to remain in holdover status, but rather to effectuate a smooth and efficient transition of leadership free from any spectre of political rancor."
County prosecutors are consitutionally appointed to five-year terms by governors in New Jersey, with advice and consent by the Senate. The transitions represent some of the last vestiges of the administration of former Democratic Governor Jon Corzine.