ELIZABETH, NJ — After more than four years of service, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park is heading to work for PSEG, she announced recently. Appointed to take the position is Thomas K. Isenhour, a 33-year veteran of the office. He formerly served as first assistant prosecutor under Park.
“With over three decades of experience prosecuting defendants and supervising high-profile cases and projects for the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, Tim Isenhour is extremely qualified to lead the office,” Governor Chris Christie said in a press release. “As we thank Grace Park for her years of dedicated service to the office and wish her well in her new pursuit, the people of Union County should feel confident the office of the prosecutor will remain under strong leadership with Tim Isenhour at the helm.”
Park will be assuming her new position as deputy general counsel and chief litigation counsel for the energy company PSEG, Public Service Enterprise Group, Inc. Her final day as a prosecutor will be September 13.
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“Serving the citizens of Union County in this position has been a tremendous honor. The two parts of this job I will miss the most are the mission of the work and the amazing people who execute that mission,” Park said in a press release. “It has been extremely humbling to work alongside of them, day in and day out, with the goal of simply doing the right thing, every day.”
“Having worked closely with a number of extraordinary county prosecutors, especially Prosecutor Park, I am keenly aware of the vital responsibilities of the position. I am particularly grateful to Governor Christie and Attorney General Porrino for selecting me to serve in this capacity,” Isenhour said in a press release. “I have strived to serve the citizens of Union County fairly and justly for more than 30 years, and relish the opportunity to continue those efforts in an expanded role.”
A career prosecutor, Isenhour joined the office in 1984. He became the first assistant under Park in 2013. In his position, he managed day-to-day operations of the prosecutor’s office, managed a multi-million dollar budget and supervised a 250 person staff, including detectives and assistant prosecutors.
Isenhour is a graduate of George Washington University’s National Law Center, and earned his Juris Doctorate and bachelor’s degree in history and psychology from the University of Denver.
Serving since 2013, Park was the first Asian-American county prosecutor in New Jersey history and the first female and minority lead prosecutor in Union County’s 160-year history.
Parks final day in office will culminate in the grand opening of the Union County Family Justice Center, a project she helped to create.
She brought together more than a dozen partner organizations to establish a permanent location at which government and non-government services and resources will be made available to meet the diverse needs of victims of domestic violence, the prosecutor’s office said.
Some of Park’s other accomplishments while prosecutor was the establishment of one of New Jersey’s most comprehensive deployment of body-worn cameras, to ensure that officers in 16 of Union County’s 21 municipalities had the devices as a standard part of their uniforms by August 2016, the prosecutor’s office said.
During her tenure as prosecutor, the office’s Guns, Gangs, Drugs and Violent Crimes Task Force
made significant progress in targeting high-level drug traffickers and organizations operating in Union County during the last few years, the prosecutor's office said.
In the last four years, the Prosecutor’s Office has participated in over 100 community events, as Park addressed citizens on a variety of topics from transparency in the law to the opioid abuse epidemic. The office also fostered relationships with the YWCA Union County and the Office of the Union County Executive Schools Superintendent and its affiliated public school districts. This relationship building resulted in the co-hosting of two annual events: the Union County Prosecutor’s Office Forum for School Administrators and C.A.R.E.S. (Community, Awareness, Response, Education, Safety) Domestic Violence Symposium, the prosecutor’s office said.