Prosecutor’s Bio

Grace C. MacAulay Camden County Prosecutor

Grace C. MacAulay was sworn in as Camden County Prosecutor on January 6, 2022, capping a nearly 30-year legal career dedicated to seeking justice for victims.

MacAulay has devoted much of the last three decades to the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, launching her tenure as an Assistant Prosecutor in August 1992. She spent the next ten years honing her skills in a nearly unprecedented range of capacities, serving in seven different units, including Domestic Violence, Drug Court, Grand Jury, Juvenile, Motions & Appeals, Megan’s Law and Trial Team. She prepared and presented hundreds of indictments before the Grand Jury; prosecuted cases ranging from homicide, sexual assault, armed robbery, and physical assault to narcotics, fraud, and weapons offenses; and supervised and trained junior trial attorneys in all phases of case preparation and litigation. She was promoted to Deputy Section Chief of the Juvenile Unit in March 2012, where she supervised and trained newly hired attorneys and prosecuted all crimes committed by juveniles.

She advanced to Section Chief of the Special Victim’s Unit in January 2014, commanding a specialized group of Assistant Prosecutors and detectives responsible for investigating and prosecuting both adults and juveniles charged with violent crimes, including sexual and physical abuse and homicide. While in this role, she took on considerable additional responsibility as Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor, supervising all Section Chiefs and Assistant Prosecutors and supporting the Prosecutor and First Assistant Prosecutor in full management of the office. During this time, she initiated and supervised the design and construction of the Camden County Child Advocacy Center, a safe place created to address the unique needs of child abuse victims and their families. She continued to handle full responsibilities of both positions for the next several years, until her retirement in 2018.

MacAulay has demonstrated her deep commitment to victims throughout her career. She co-founded “The Friends of the Camden County Child Advocacy Center,” a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising public awareness of child abuse and endangerment and served as President from 2018 – 2021, until she returned as Prosecutor to the Camden County Office of the Prosecutor.

Additionally, MacAulay has taught a range of legal subjects since 1992, from child abuse investigations involving child physical and sexual assaults, as a lecturer for the Camden County Detectives, a panelist for the Statewide Sexual Assault Symposium, a guest lecturer at Rutgers University School of Law and at the Camden County Police Academy.

MacAulay is a graduate of Gettysburg College and earned her Juris Doctor degree from Widener School of Law, where she was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.

First Assistant Prosecutor’s Bio

Timothy K. Chatten First Assistant Prosecutor

Timothy K. Chatten was sworn in as First Assistant Prosecutor on January 6, 2022. He has served our Camden County community as an assistant prosecutor since 2001.

Chatten is a progressive prosecutor who supports justice reform and alternative policing techniques. He has prosecuted a wide range of crimes in both adult and juvenile court. He has served as the Section Chief of our Juvenile Unit since 2009. In this position, Chatten led this office in the development of enhanced diversionary practices and various initiatives designed to foster community engagement, while simultaneously reducing violent crime and racial disparities.

As a nationally recognized expert in juvenile justice reform and alternative theories of prosecution, Chatten is often called upon to lecture and consult on various complex legal issues. He serves as a guest lecturer at the national, state and local levels and has served as a police legal advisor for approximately 20 years. In addition, for the past 17 years Chatten has been responsible for training and developing our new assistant prosecutors.

Chatten is well known for his commitment to our community and his desire to provide others with opportunities for growth and development. He is a prior recipient of the Camden County Board of Commissioner’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Medal, the American Red Cross Distinguished Service Award, the Rutgers – Camden Chancellor’s Award for Civic Engagement, the Chief of Staff Bernard E. Gallagher Memorial Award, and was a nominee for the Rutgers Law School – Camden Mary Philbrook Public Interest Award.

Before joining the Office, Chatten served as a judicial law clerk in the Superior Court and also served as an assistant prosecutor with the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office from 1999 to 2001. Chatten graduated Valedictorian from Stockton State College in 1995 and graduated from Rutgers School of Law – Camden in 1998.

Chief of Detective’s Bio

Robert M. Ferris 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.

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, then to Chief of Detectives in January of 2022 he now oversees a staff of more than 100 detectives and agents.

Chief Ferris earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University.

Chief of Staff’s Bio

Michael G. 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.

Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor’s Bios

Tracy A. Cogan Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor

Tracy A. Cogan was sworn in as Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor on January 6, 2022. In addition to this new role, she will continue as Section Chief of the Trial Team Unit, where she trains assistant prosecutors in trial work and supervises the prosecution of all indicted criminal cases handled by the unit.

Ms. Cogan joined the office in 1999 and has served in a range of capacities throughout her tenure, including in the Juvenile, Trial Team, Grand Jury, and Domestic Violence Units. She was promoted to Deputy Section Chief of the Domestic Violence Unit in 2010 and advanced to Section Chief in 2013. During this time, she worked on behalf of victims at the local, regional, and national levels, collaborating with community organizations on the Domestic Violence Working Group; lecturing at Cooper University Hospital through their series, Cooper Against Domestic Abuse; training municipal police departments on Domestic Violence Law; and participating in national domestic violence forums to reduce intimate partner violence and recidivism rates across the country.

In 2015, Ms. Cogan assumed dual roles, as Section Chief of both the Shooting Response Team and the Megan’s Law Unit, and later led the High-Tech Crimes Unit, prosecuting cases involving the possession, distribution and creation of child sexual abuse material and luring.

In a career spanning 23 years, Ms. Cogan has tried cases ranging from homicide, attempted murder, aggravated assault, weapons, and kidnapping to robbery, cyber stalking, sexual assault, child abuse, and narcotics. Ms. Cogan is a certified instructor for the Camden County Police Academy, serves as a police legal advisor for the county, and teaches continuing legal education (CLE) trainings for the office, most recently Opening Statements and Summations of Prosecutors.

Before joining the office, Ms. Cogan served as a judicial clerk in Camden County Superior Court and as an associate in a criminal defense firm. She earned her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law – Camden and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University at Albany, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude. 

Kelly A. Testa Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor

Kelly A. Testa was sworn in as Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor on January 6, 2022.  She also serves as Section Chief of the Special Victims Unit, where she leads investigations involving sexual and physical abuse against children in Camden County.

Since joining the Office in January 2001, Testa has also served in the Homicide, Shooting Response Team, Narcotics, High-Tech Crimes, Major Crimes, Domestic Violence, Trial Team, Juvenile, and Motions Units. In 2012, she was promoted to Deputy Section Chief of the Trial Team and in 2014, she was promoted to Section Chief of the unit. In that capacity, she supervised the prosecution of all indicted criminal cases handled by the unit and provided advanced training to the unit’s assistant prosecutors in motion and trial work.

Over the course of her career, Testa has tried many complex cases involving homicide, sexual assault, child abuse, the manufacturing, distribution and possession of child sexual abuse materials, narcotics, robbery, aggravated assault, and weapons offenses. In 2014, she supervised and tried a wiretap investigation which led to the arrest of 40 individuals, including a police officer who was later convicted at trial of official misconduct.

Testa also serves as a legal advisor to all police departments in Camden County. She regularly consults on and authorizes search warrants and communications data warrants before presentation to the Court.

Testa is also a certified instructor for the Camden County Police Academy, where she regularly trains recruits on courtroom testimony and the laws pertaining to child abuse.  In 2018, she received the Director’s Recognition Award from the Camden County Police Academy for her commitment to and the training of law enforcement.  She is also an instructor for the NJ Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute, Trial Advocacy Training.

Testa received a Bachelor’s Degree in English and History from Rutgers College, Rutgers University in New Brunswick and her J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law – Camden.