Upon taking office, acting Prosecutor Ruotolo set out to reorganize the Prosecutor’s Office to be better equipped to better serve the public with existing and available resources. Ruotolo not only put in place an all-new leadership team, but she also created an entirely new Division within the Prosecutor’s Office, as well as several new units geared toward furthering her stated goals for the Office’s future.
The Major Crimes Division was created with the goal of fostering a more collaborative approach to investigating crime and keeping Union County residents safe. The Major Crimes Division encompasses the newly formed Intelligence Driven Prosecution Unit and Opioid Task Force, as well as the Cyber-Crime Task Force, and the newly expanded Counter-Terrorism Task Force. To learn more about these new and expanded, departments, please visit the Departments section of our website.
The new units fall under the leadership of acting Prosecutor Ruotolo, Chief Patricia Gusmano, sworn in on November 1, 2019, and Deputy Chief Jorge Jimenez, sworn in on February 7, 2020, but who had already been in the role in an acting capacity for several months. The new Major Crimes Division is overseen directly by Captain Gary Webb, Deputy First Assistant Derek Nececkas, and retired police chief and now a legal supervisor in Ruotolo’s administration, Assistant Prosecutor Peter DeRose.