HACKENSACK, NJ – After more than a year under the leadership of an acting prosecutor, Bergen County now has a new chief law enforcement officer.
Mark Musella was sworn in as Bergen County Prosecutor by Superior Court Assignment Judge Bonnie Mizdol on Monday, the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office announced in a press release.
The post has been vacant since Gurbir Grewal resigned thirteen months ago to become state Attorney General and Dennis Calo was named acting prosecutor.
On Monday, Calo was sworn in as first assistant prosecutor, while Chief Robert Anzilotti, who served as acting chief of detectives, became chief of detectives, according to the prosecutor’s office.
As prosecutor, Musella will oversee a staff of 265 personnel, consisting of assistant prosecutors, detectives and support staff. He will also exercise supervisory authority over approximately 2,700 sworn law enforcement officers in 72 police departments in Bergen County.
Musella is no stranger to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. From Sept. 1988 to June 1994, he worked as an assistant prosecutor, eventually serving as assistant chief of both the trial section and grand jury section. During his tenure, he prosecuted 50 jury trials and handled hundreds of pleas, sentences, bails and motions, as well as presenting cases to the grand jury.
Since 1994, Musella has worked as an attorney in criminal and civil litigation. He has also served as municipal prosecutor in Hasbrouck Heights, as well as public defender for a dozen Bergen County towns.
The Bergen County native graduated from Bergen Catholic in 1980, and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in English from Fordham University in 1984 and a law degree from Delaware Law School in 1987.