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Camden County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo is retiring and will be replaced by Deputy Attorney General Jill Mayer, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
Sources with direct knowledge of Camden appointments confirmed that Mayer will be named today as the Acting Camden County Prosecutor.
Mayer, a career prosecutor, is the choice of the Murphy administration and will be named to the post by Attorney General Gurbir Grewal.
Gov. Phil Murphy has not yet nominated a permanent replacement for Colalillo. He will need sign-off from Camden County senators and then confirmation by the full Senate.
In the meantime, Mayer will hold the post.
Mayer joined state government in 1995 as a Deputy Attorney General in the Casino Prosecutions Bureau. She ran the Gangs and Organized Crime Bureau from 2012 to earlier this year.
Colalillo spent 21 years as a Superior Court Judge before being named prosecutor by Gov. Chris Christie in 2014. She served as an Assistant Camden County Prosecutor for four years before becoming a judge.
“For more than 30 years, Prosecutor Colalillo served the people of Camden County with integrity and class,” said Grewal. “She’s led the prosecutors and detectives of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office in many significant investigations and prosecutions and devoted her career to public service. Prosecutor Colalillo is a trusted colleague and her absence will be felt by all.”
Grewal also praised Mayer.
“Deputy Director Mayer spent her career prosecuting the most dangerous criminals, all while leading and mentoring countless Deputy Attorneys General in this state and serving as the state’s premier source on wiretapping and racketeering,” said Grewal. “Jill is perfectly poised to serve as Acting Camden County Prosecutor. Her tremendous leadership skills and career prosecutorial experience are the perfect combination to lead the office to great success.”
This story was updated at 3:08 PM to include comment from Grewal.