Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Glen Rock Attorney Takes Top Law Post

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Glen Rock Attorney Takes Top Law Post

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A Glen Rock attorney and former federal prosecutor became the county's top law enforcement official on Monday, the first change in leadership in Bergen County in 14 years.

Gurbir Grewal was sworn as an assistant attorney general in Trenton in the morning and later as acting Bergen County prosecutor, ending the long tenure of John L. Molinelli.

Grewal, 42, has prosecuted major white-collar crimes for the U.S. Attorney's Office and most recently served as chief of the Economic Crimes Unit in Newark.

With family, friends, assistant prosecutors and others looking on in a packed courtroom, Grewal was sworn as acting prosecutor by Superior Court Judge Bonnie J. Mizdol, assignment judge for the Bergen courts.

"It is truly an honor and a privilege to join the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office today as the acting county prosecutor," Grewal told the audience. "This office has a tremendous reputation and that's because of the hard work that each of you do each and every day, day in and day out. This office in many real ways sets the standard for other prosecutor's offices throughout the state."

Grewal noted Molinelli's leadership and "careful stewardship."

"In the years to come, however, I hope to work with each of you to not only maintain that reputation but to build on it and enhance it and that's my goal, really," Grewal said. "I want to spend my time here just seeing how I can make this an even better place."

Earlier in the day Grewal was sworn in as an assistant attorney general in Trenton by acting state Attorney General John Hoffman.

Bergen's 55 assistant prosecutors were sworn as special deputy attorneys general, acting Bergen County assistant prosecutors. Its 103 investigators took the oath as special state investigators, acting Bergen County detectives.

A spokesman for the Attorney General's Office said swearing in under such titles is routine when an acting prosecutor is named.

Grewal told those in attendance he "cares deeply" about the county, and is "deeply committed to public service." He said, too, he knows how tirelessly prosecutors and investigators work to get the job done.

"I know what each of you do and how hard you work against terrible odds sometimes," he said. …

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