CAMDEN, NJ — Jill S. Mayer, who currently serves as a deputy director in the state's Division of Criminal Justice, will take over as acting Camden County Prosecutor when Mary Eva Colalillo retires at the end of the month, the Attorney General's office announced Thursday.
Colalillo was appointed to the post in June 2014, joining the prosecutor's office after 21 years as a Camden County Superior Court judge in the family, criminal, equity, and civil divisions.
“For more than 30 years, Prosecutor Colalillo served the people of Camden County with integrity and class,” Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said in a statement. “She’s led the prosecutors and detectives of the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office in many significant investigations and prosecutions and devoted her career to public service. Prosecutor Colalillo is a trusted colleague and her absence will be felt by all.”
In 24 years of work at the Division of Criminal Justice, Mayer has prosecuted cases involving violent gang members, drug dealers, financial crimes, racketeering, and casino crimes. She is also counsel to the Attorney General on matters concerning electronic surveillance and wiretap law, and a legal advisor to the New Jersey State Police Witness Assistance Program.
For more than two years, Mayer oversaw the Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team and reviewed all officer-involved shooting investigations submitted by each of the 21 county prosecutor’s offices, Grewal's office said.
Grewal called Mayer "perfectly poised" for the role, noting that her "tremendous leadership skills and career prosecutorial experience are the perfect combination to lead the office to great success."
Mayer supervised the 2014 dismantling of a violent narcotics distribution enterprise with ties to Mexican drug cartels that was dealing millions of dollars a year in heroin and cocaine in Camden.
She prosecuted numerous cases involving large-scale racketeering and leaders of narcotics trafficking network in Camden during her more than 16 years as a deputy attorney general in the Gangs & Organized Crime Bureau.
“I look forward to working with the outstanding lawyers, detectives and staff in the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office and all of our great law enforcement partners in the county," Mayer said in the statement. "I also look forward to working closely with the community to make sure we do everything in our power to serve justice, promote safety, and protect the rights of all residents, especially victims of crime.”