Ann M. Luvera was sworn in as Acting Prosecutor of Union County on December 31, 2017. As the chief law enforcement officer in Union County, Ms. Luvera oversees an office of 250 employees and an approximately $23.5 million budget, coordinating the law enforcement efforts of approximately 1,600 police officers in 21 local police departments, the Union County Sheriff’s Office, and the Union County Police Department.
A career prosecutor, having joined the Union County Prosecutor’s Office in 1990, Ms. Luvera previously served as First Assistant Prosecutor under former acting Prosecutor Thomas K. Isenhour, who retired at the end of 2017 following more than three decades of service with the Office. Prior to that, Ms. Luvera served as Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor under former acting Prosecutor Grace H. Park, who served in that capacity from June 2013 to September 2017.
In those roles, Ms. Luvera was responsible for supervising many of the Office’s largest and most active units, including the Homicide Task Force, Special Victims Unit, Special Prosecutions Unit, and Domestic Violence Unit. In addition, she oversaw civil litigation involving the Prosecutor’s Office and its current and former employees.
For the decade prior to her appointment as Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor, Ms. Luvera’s work in the Office included nearly continual trial work, through which she has represented victims of various crimes and their families in a wide variety of prosecutions. She also managed some of the Office’s most high-profile cases, including most recently that of federal terror suspect Ahmad K. Rahami, who has been charged with five counts of attempted murder in connection with a police-involved shooting in Linden.
Ms. Luvera also has served as the Office’s Trial Supervisor, and in this capacity she was responsible for overseeing the Office’s Trial Teams, Pre-Disposition Conference Unit, Mental Health Unit, Drug Court Unit, Grand Jury Unit, Juvenile Unit, Appellate Unit, and Domestic Violence Unit. These responsibilities included the supervision of more than 35 attorneys handling hundreds of cases annually.
From 2005 until 2010, when she was appointed Trial Supervisor, Ms. Luvera served as Supervisor of the Office’s Homicide Task Force, through which she oversaw the investigation and prosecution of hundreds of homicide cases, including motor vehicle fatalities.
From 1999-2005, Ms. Luvera served in the Union County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Prosecutions Unit, first as an Assistant Prosecutor and later as Supervisor. In this capacity she worked and oversaw the investigation and prosecution of various crimes, including large-scale thefts, official misconduct, computer crimes, arsons, and welfare and insurance fraud.
Prior to 1999, Ms. Luvera served as an Assistant Prosecutor with the Office’s Trial Teams, Juvenile Unit, Domestic Violence Unit, and Appellate Unit. During that time she prosecuted more than 50 jury trials and 30 bench trials.
Ms. Luvera was admitted to the New Jersey Bar in 1987 and became a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney in 1996. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan in 1983 and a Juris Doctor degree from the Boston University School of Law in 1987. She also has received appointments to the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Board on Attorney Certification and Board on Continuing Legal Education.