Thomas K. Isenhour was sworn in as Acting Prosecutor of Union County on September 13, 2017. As the chief law enforcement officer in Union County, Mr. Isenhour 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 1984, Mr. Isenhour previously served as First Assistant Prosecutor under former acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park. Prior to this, Mr. Isenhour supervised many of the Office’s most high-profile investigative teams, including the Child Abuse Unit, Special Prosecutions Unit, and the Guns, Gangs, Drugs, and Violent Crimes Task Force.
As First Assistant, Mr. Isenhour was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Prosecutor’s Office, including managing its finances and supervising its staff. He also advised the County Prosecutor on high-profile cases, initiatives, and personnel matters.
Mr. Isenhour’s responsibilities as First Assistant further included drafting Office policies, protocols, and directives; recruiting and hiring staff; overseeing internal affairs and personnel matters; supervising the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains and the Prosecutor’s Office’s Forensics Laboratory in Westfield; and helping implement key initiatives such as the implementation of bail reform, the launch of the Prosecutor’s Office’s Body-Worn Camera Initiative, and the founding of the Union County Family Justice Center.
Several cases of note Mr. Isenhour has managed during his more than 30 years of service to the Prosecutor’s Office include the investigation and prosecution of a dozen Union County corrections officers for assaulting numerous detainees; attaining convictions of the four leading members of the notorious Fitzgerald narcotics organization, one of the largest of its kind in the state, which was responsible for distributing approximately 4,500 folds of heroin and 1,500 vials of cocaine per day from its primary retail location in Elizabeth; and the investigation and prosecution for manslaughter of the owner of the El Balcon nightclub in Elizabeth after four young victims, ages 13 to 21, were trampled to death in a stampede following a brawl there.
Mr. Isenhour is a graduate of George Washington University’s National Law Center, and he earned his Juris Doctor and bachelor’s degree in history and psychology from the University of Denver.