HACKENSACK, NJ -- Wood-Ridge resident Mark Musella was sworn in Monday afternoon as Bergen County Prosecutor by Superior Court Assignment Judge Bonnie J. Mizdol, according to a release from the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office.
Prosecutor Musella is the chief law enforcement officer of Bergen County – the most populous county in New Jersey and home to nearly 1 million residents living in 70 municipalities. Musella oversees a staff of approximately 265 personnel at the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office (“BCPO”), consisting of Assistant Prosecutors, Detectives, and support staff. He also exercises supervisory authority over approximately 2,700 sworn law enforcement officers in 72 law enforcement agencies operating in Bergen County.
Musella began his legal career as a law clerk for the Honorable Ralph A. Polito, J.S.C. He is returning to the BCPO, where he worked as an Assistant Prosecutor from September 1988 to June 1994, eventually serving as Assistant Chief of both the Trial Section and the Grand Jury Section. During his tenure, he prosecuted fifty 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 and has served as Municipal Prosecutor in Hasbrouck Heights as well as Public Defender for twelve Bergen County towns.
Musella graduated from Bergen Catholic High School in 1980. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Fordham University in 1984 and obtained his law degree from the Delaware Law School, Widener University in 1987.
A life-long Bergen County resident, he resides in Wood-Ridge, NJ with his family, and remains very active as a community volunteer. He and his wife Audrey were recently honored by the Wood-Ridge Memorial Foundation for their community involvement and volunteer efforts.
Dennis Calo, who has served as Acting Prosecutor since January 2018, was sworn in as First Assistant Prosecutor. Chief Robert Anzilotti, who served as Acting Chief of Detectives, was also sworn in as Chief of Detectives.
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