Camden, N.J. – Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer has announced she is retiring effective December 1, 2021.
Mayer was sworn in as Acting Prosecutor on October 1st, 2019. She immediately set out to strengthen the relationship between the CCPO and the community by creating the position of Community Engagement Coordinator.
“She saw the value in having the community view the office as a partner in safeguarding liberty and justice, and sought to break down the unwarranted stereotype that a prosecutor’s office is a faceless entity that exists only to imprison others,” said Acting First Assistant Prosecutor Mary Ellen Murphy.
To that end, Acting Prosecutor Mayer and the CCPO spearheaded, co-sponsored, and supported numerous drives and events designed to help provide assistance to the community.
“Under her leadership, A/Prosecutor Mayer held numerous educational symposiums and town halls on important topics such as Use of Force and Domestic Violence to provide an opportunity for the public to engage with her and other members of the CCPO,” Murphy said.
In addition to building relationships with the public and community stakeholders, Mayer was keen to continue the CCPO’s commitment to collaborate with local law enforcement partners at all levels- federal, state, and local.
Prior to being appointed Acting Prosecutor, Mayer spent the majority of her 27-year career as a prosecutor with the Office of the Attorney General, Division of Criminal Justice.
She began in the Casino Prosecutions Bureau in Atlantic City. She then served 14 years as a Deputy Attorney General in the Gangs, Organized Crime, and Racketeering Bureau. Most of the cases she prosecuted in that role were in Camden County. Mayer next became Chief of the Specialized Crimes Bureau where she oversaw several units including Bias Crimes, Labor, Atlantic City Violent Crimes Task Force, and Environmental Crimes to name a few. Her final role with the DCJ was Deputy Director, where she supervised the Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau, the Specialized Crimes Bureau, and the Officer Involved Shooting Response Team.
Mayer’s legal career began as a law clerk in Atlantic County for the Honorable Albert J. Garofolo, Presiding Judge, Superior Court, Criminal Division (ret.). She graduated from Dickinson College with a B.A. in Political Science, then received her law degree from Widener University School of Law, Delaware Campus.
Mayer is a 2019 recipient of the Attorney General’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to DCJ during her career.
“I’ve had an incredibly fulfilling, and meaningful career with the Division of Criminal Justice and these last two plus years with the CCPO have been extraordinary,” said Mayer. “I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to have led the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office through these challenging times and to show our community the depth of our commitment to justice.”
Mayer’s successor as Acting Camden County Prosecutor will be announced on December 1st.