Gov. Phil Murphy has nominated new prosecutors in Atlantic and Burlington counties and said he would renominate Jennifer Webb-McRae as the Cumberland County prosecutor.
LaChia Bradshaw was named to replace Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina, a Christie administration holdover, and William Reynolds was picked to become the new prosecutor in Atlantic.
“Their years of experience and commitment to public service will serve them well as they take on these critical roles,” said Murphy. “I look forward to working with LaChia, William, and Jennifer as they fulfill the mission of seeking justice for the people of New Jersey.”
Bradshaw has spent the last 22 years in the Burlington County Prosecutor’s office and serves in the Major Crimes-Special Victims Unit. She will become the first woman and first person of color to serve as prosecutor in Burlington.
Reynolds, who has served as a municipal prosecutor, succeeds Cary Shill. Shill has been the acting prosecutor since Damon Tyner was pushed out last summer.
State Sen. Vincent Polistina (R-Egg Harbor Township) said that he would sign off on Reynolds’ nomination.
“Bill Reynolds is the right pick for the job,” said Polistina. “The Governor’s nominee is well-regarded, respected by officials on both sides of the political aisle, and committed to protecting local residents and ensuring safe neighborhood.”
WPG Talk Radio host Harry Hurley first reported Reynolds’ likely nomination.
“LaChia Bradshaw, Will Reynolds, and Jennifer Webb-McRae possess the leadership qualities, professional experience, and commitment to justice that will serve their communities and respective offices well,” said acting Attorney General Matt Platkin.
Murphy said that Bradshaw will become acting prosecutor on May 31 and Reynolds will start on June 6 as both await confirmation by the State Senate.
Webb-McRae was originally named by Gov. Jon Corzine in 2010.
Platkin said that today’s nominations “reflect the diversity and richness of different experiences that are the hallmarks of our state.”
The nomination of Bradshaw increases the number of Black prosecutors in the state, but Murphy has still not named a Hispanic prosecutor of his own since taking office in 2018.