Prosecutor’s Bio

Grace C. MacAulay Acting Camden County Prosecutor

Grace C. MacAulay was sworn in as Acting Camden County Prosecutor on December 1st, 2021, after spending most of her professional career with the CCPO.

MacAulay joined the CCPO in August 1992 as an Assistant Prosecutor, serving in the Domestic Violence, Drug Court, Grand Jury, Juvenile, Motions & Appeals, Megan’s Law and Trial Team Units. In March 2012 she was promoted to Deputy Section Chief of the Juvenile Unit where she prosecuted all crimes committed by juveniles while supervising and training newly hired Assistant Prosecutors.

In January 2014, MacAulay was promoted to Section Chief of the Special Victim’s Unit. In that role, she commanded a specialized group of assistant Prosecutors and detectives who were responsible for investigating and prosecuting adults and juveniles who committed criminal acts of sexual and physical abuse and homicide.

Beginning in July 2014, MacAulay would simultaneously serve as Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor at the CCPO for the next four years, supervising all CCPO Section Chiefs and Assistant Prosecutors while assisting the Prosecutor and First Assistant Prosecutor in managing the office.

It was during her time as Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor MacAulay co-founded the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, “The Friends of the Camden County Child Advocacy Center” which supports the needs of child abuse victims and their families. MacAulay retired as Deputy First Assistant in May 2018 and served as President of “The Friends of the Camden County Child Advocacy Center” until she became Acting Prosecutor.

She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Widener School of Law and a B.A. degree from Gettysburg College.

First Assistant Prosecutor’s Bio

Mary Ellen Murphy Acting Camden County First Assistant

Mary Ellen Murphy joined the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office in January 2005.  Ms. Murphy served for five years as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Trial Team Unit where she tried numerous cases involving various crimes, including drug distribution, theft, burglary, robbery, aggravated assault, sexual assault and homicide.  Ms. Murphy also completed a one-year rotation through the Grand Jury Unit where she learned to asses a case at initial screening immediately after a complaint was filed, to present cases to the grand jury, to formulate plea offers pre-indictment, and to defend an indictment at a hearing on a defense motion to dismiss.

Ms. Murphy also served in the Domestic Violence Unit for five years, during which time she was promoted to the title of Deputy Section Chief.  In the Domestic Violence Unit, Ms. Murphy was responsible for charging decisions as an on-call legal advisor, grand jury presentments, pleas and trials.  In that unit, she developed a deeper understanding of the value of evidence-based prosecution as a result of the fact that victims of domestic violence are sometimes unwilling or unable to cooperate with the prosecution of their assailants.

In August of 2016, Ms. Murphy was promoted to the position of Section Chief of the Grand Jury Unit.  She was responsible for supervising the screening of more than 10,000 cases annually while overseeing programs including Central Judicial Processing, Centralized First Appearances, Detention Hearings, Pre-Indictment Conferences, Grand Jury Presentments, Drug Court, Pre-Trial Intervention and victim conferences.  In 2017, with the implementation of the Criminal Justice Reform Act (CJRA), the Grand Jury Unit, under the direction of Ms. Murphy, was charged with the task of implementing the policies and procedures for the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office.  As Section Chief of the Grand Jury Unit, Ms. Murphy was also responsible for coordinating the training of law enforcement personnel from all 37 municipalities within Camden County regarding the extensive new criminal complaint procedures and processing as a result of the CJRA.

Before joining the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, Ms. Murphy worked as a private criminal defense attorney for several years.  She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Linda G. Baxter, former Presiding Judge of the Criminal Part of the New Jersey Superior Court, Camden County.  Ms. Murphy received her Bachelor of Arts Degree cum laude from Rosemont College and her Juris Doctor from Rutgers University School of Law-Camden.

Chief of Detective’s Bio

Robert M. Ferris Acting Camden County Chief of Detectives

Robert M. Ferris began his law enforcement career as a dispatcher with the Washington Township Police Department in December of 1997.  Shortly thereafter, he became a Class II Officer with the Department.

Acting Chief Ferris joined the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office in October of 1998. Hired as a Detective, Ferris served in the Grand Jury, Domestic Violence, Major Crimes, and Narcotics Units, as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s South Jersey Violent Offender and Gang Task Force.

Chief Ferris was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in December of 2014.  He was promoted to Lieutenant in January of 2018.  He supervised the Narcotics Unit.

After being promoted to Captain in June of 2019, Chief Ferris supervised the Major Crimes, Special Prosecutions, Narcotics, Homeland Security, Special Victims, and Domestic Violence Units.

Promoted to Acting Chief of Detectives in September of 2021, he now oversees a staff of 106 detectives and 15 agents.

Chief of Staff’s Bio

Mike Mangold Chief of Staff

Michael G. Mangold has been the Chief of Staff for the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office since July 2014.  Mr. Mangold assists the administration in executing control and direction over the management of accounting, budgeting and auditing functions, human resource management, administration support services, and the development of management information systems.

Mr. Mangold is a former law enforcement officer with 25 years of experience.  He retired from the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office in 2010, as a Lieutenant and a Commander on the Governor’s Plan against Violent Crime in Camden.  During his years of service with the CCPO, Mr. Mangold was the Supervisor of the Long-Term Narcotic Investigative Unit, Commander of the High Risk Entry Team, Deputy Commander of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force (HIDTA), and Commander of the Domestic Violence Unit.

During his initial service with the CCPO, Mr. Mangold also worked as a detective in the Grand Jury Unit, Major Crimes Unit, Organized Crime Unit, and Narcotics Unit.  He also volunteered his time to serve as a Class Coordinator, Fitness Instructor, and Firearms Instructor at the Camden County Police Academy, and as P.B.A. Union President of the Superior Officers Association.

Before joining the CCPO, Mr. Mangold served as a teacher in Camden City elementary and middle schools.  He also volunteered his time as a sports coach in Camden.

Mr. Mangold earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Rutgers University-Camden and his Masters of Arts in Human Resources Training and Development from Seton Hall University.