A Republican state senator has called for the resignation of Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes, joining a group of local police unions and some activists angered by her refusal to investigate Paterson police officers who were later convicted of corrupt acts in federal court and allegations that she abused a low-level court employee.
“Given the many failures, abuses, and lapses of judgement demonstrated by Prosecutor Camelia Valdes, it’s increasingly clear she should not continue to serve as Passaic County’s top law enforcement official,” Corrado stated. “The longer she serves as Prosecutor, the more damage she will do to people’s faith in our justice system. If she truly cares about the integrity of her office and the reputations of her colleagues in the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Ms. Valdes would resign immediately.”
Daisy Vargas, a stenographer in the prosecutor’s office, claims she was called on to decorate rooms in Valdes’ home, put up Christmas decoration, pull dead rats from her garbage can, and get her husband to repair the prosecutor’s car for free. According to Vargas, she was asked to lay out $1,000 of her own money to place a deposit on the funeral of Valdes’ father.
A lawsuit filed against Valdes by another employee, Henry Hernandez, was dismissed in August.
“The simple fact is that Ms. Valdes no longer has the trust of the public or the law enforcement community,” said Corrado. “I urge Governor Murphy to listen to all of these concerns and help us find a better path forward for Passaic County with a new Prosecutor.”
Valdes has served as prosecutor since Gov. Jon Corzine nominated her in 2009. She’s been on holdover status since 2019. Gov. Phil Murphy has renominated her twice, but Corrado as the senator from Passaic County, has exercised courtesy and blocked Valdes from being considered for confirmation to a third term.