NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Yolanda Ciccone, a graduate of Douglass College at Rutgers University, was sworn in Tuesday as prosecutor of Middlesex County during a brief ceremony officiated by retired judge and former prosecutor Alan Rockoff.
The Metuchen resident and former Assignment Judge of Somerset County was nominated in June by Gov. Phil Murphy to be county prosecutor.
She was confirmed by the Senate on June 15, beginning a five-year term as the county prosecutor.
Ciccone began her legal career in 1980 as a law clerk to the John E. Bachman J.S.C. and Theodore Appleby, J.S.C. In 1981, she began working as an Assistant Prosecutor in Middlesex County.
During her 10 years in the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, she had a number of different duties including Chief of the Juvenile Division and advisor to the Narcotics and Gambling Task Force. She also oversaw the Hate Crimes Task Force and negotiated memorandums of understanding with 23 of the Middlesex County school districts.
In1991 Gov. Jim Florio nominated Prosecutor Ciccone to the Superior Court, Middlesex County. During her tenure as a Superior Court Judge, she served in the Family, Criminal and Civil Divisions. She was the presiding judge of the Civil Division from 2005 to 2006.
In 2006 Chief Justice Deborah Poritz selected Ciccone to be the Assignment Judge of Vicinage 13 compromising Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren counties.
Ciccone earned her law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark and is a graduate of Douglass College at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.
Following her being sworn into office, Ciccone swore in assistant prosecutors, detectives and staff who work in the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office via a virtual ceremony.
The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office oversees 26 municipal and university/college police departments as well as the County Sheriff’s Department and is amongst the busiest in the state. The office handles more than 6,500 criminal complaints annually, has a budget of $20.7 million and employs just over 200 people.