JERSEY CITY, NJ - Keith Lamont Stith, a career law enforcement official, will make history Thursday when he is sworn in as the first  African-American Chief of Detectives for the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Hudson County history on Thursday.

Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced the promotion of Stith in a statement Wednesday.

“Keith is a consummate professional and I am extremely proud of all that we have accomplished together these past four years,” Suarez said. “Having our first African-American Chief of Detectives is a momentous occasion for Hudson County and I look forward to my continued good work with Keith in his new capacity.” 

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Stith, who began his career in the Union County Sheriff’s Office in 1990 has served as the Deputy Chief for the Prosecutor's Office with responsibilities that included managing the day-to-day investigative operations of the Criminal Investigation Division — including its specialized units — and also directly supervising the Cold Case Unit for the past three years.

He joined the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in 1994 as a Detective in the Narcotics Task Force and early in his career he served as a Financial Crimes Task Force Officer for the United States Custom Services.

“I am grateful that Prosecutor Suarez is giving me the opportunity to continue to serve the citizens of Hudson County,” said Deputy Chief Stith. “Also, I am blessed and honored to become the first African-American promoted to Chief of Detectives in the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.” 

Stith has made an impact at every level of his career, the statement said, including by creating and later supervising the Municipal Task Force as a Sergeant, and later creating a unit to address the proliferation of street gangs and gun violence in Hudson County which resulted in the formation of the Gang Task Force. 

In 2006, Stith was appointed by the Hudson County Executive as the Acting Director of the Hudson County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and in 2011 he was promoted to the rank of Captain in the Prosecutor’s Office, assigned to the Homicide Task Force which achieved and maintained a homicide clearance rate of more than 80 percent under his leadership.

After graduating from Wagner College and earned a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from New Jersey City University, Stith has been a long learner and is a graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy as well as the Mentoring Potential Chief Executive Officers Program sponsored by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and Cedarville University. 

Stith will be sworn in by the Honorable John Young Jr., J.S.C. at a public ceremony to be held at 4:00 p.m. in Courtroom 2A in the historic William J. Brennan Courthouse.

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