Michael A. Monahan was sworn in as Acting Prosecutor of Union County on January 31, 2018. As the chief law enforcement officer in Union County, Mr. Monahan 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.
Mr. Monahan most recently worked for the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety’s Division of Criminal Justice, having served as Chief of the Division’s Financial and Computer Crimes Bureau from November 2013 until his appointment. In that role, he managed the daily operations of the Bureau and supervised a staff of more than 70, handling an annual caseload of approximately 700.
Prior to this, Mr. Monahan was Deputy Chief of the Division’s Corruption Bureau, where he also had previously served as a Deputy Attorney General. From 2002 into 2007, Mr. Monahan served as Assistant Section Chief with the New Jersey Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor, whereby he also supervised the Office’s Auto Fraud Section.
Mr. Monahan worked in private law practice during the late 1990s, and he served as an Assistant Prosecutor with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office from 1991 into 1998. During that time he handled approximately 50 adult jury trials for crimes including attempted murder, robbery, aggravated assault, embezzlement, and others.
Mr. Monahan was admitted to the New Jersey Bar Association in 1988 and has been a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney since 1997. He received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Seton Hall University in South Orange in 1984 and earned a Juris Doctor from Seton Hall School of Law in Newark in 1988, having served as a member of the Seton Hall Law Review.
Mr. Monahan lives in Cranford with his wife, Wanda, and their four sons.