|Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin announced that he has appointed Carolyn Murray to serve as Acting Sussex County Prosecutor, replacing Annmarie Taggart, who is set to retire as Acting Prosecutor effective December 1, 2023. Since April 2019, Murray – a former Family Court judge and former state and federal prosecutor – has served as the inaugural director of the Conviction Review Unit (CRU) within the state Office of Public Integrity and Accountability (OPIA).
“Carolyn Murray has dedicated her professional life to the pursuit of justice, and her esteemed career has spanned many facets of the legal profession. Since April 2019, she has led the first statewide conviction review unit in the nation to be based in an Attorney General’s Office – an office that rights past wrongs and serves to strengthen our collective faith in our criminal justice system. I am honored to appoint her to serve as Acting County Prosecutor for Sussex County,” said Attorney General Platkin. “Carolyn has held leadership positions in our Office as well as in the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office – including a six-year tenure as Acting Essex County Prosecutor. I am grateful that she has agreed to fill this critical law enforcement leadership role.”
“I am also thankful for Acting Prosecutor Annmarie Taggart, who has provided steadfast leadership to the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office,” said Platkin. “As a career prosecutor in the Division of Criminal Justice, and as Acting Prosecutor for both Somerset and Sussex Counties, Annmarie has honorably served the people of New Jersey for the entirety of her career, and we are all grateful for her service.”
“I am honored that Attorney General Platkin asked me to serve as one of the 21 County Prosecutors, a rewarding role that entrusts us to ensure the safety and well-being of our communities and seek justice for victims,” said Director Murray. “Working with my CRU colleagues to establish the Conviction Review Unit over the past four years has been a wonderful opportunity to gain new insight into seeking justice. I consider myself so fortunate to have the opportunity to continue to serve the people of New Jersey as Acting Sussex County Prosecutor.”
Murray was nominated and confirmed as Superior Court judge in 2017. Prior to serving as judge, Murray served in multiple roles at the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. In 2003, she served as Counsel to the Acting Prosecutor and, a year later, became First Assistant Prosecutor. Starting in 2011, Murray served as Acting Essex County Prosecutor until her appointment as Superior Court Judge.
In 1995, Murray joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, where she tried criminal cases and served as Violent Crime Coordinator. In 2002, she was named Chief of the Public Protection Unit.
Murray began her career with the law firm Tompkins, McGuire & Wachenfeld in Newark. Murray graduated from Georgetown University and received her law degree from New York University School of Law.
Taggart has served as Acting Sussex County Prosecutor since July 2022. Taggart was also the Acting Somerset County Prosecutor from April 2022 to July 2022. Prior, she served for 24 years in the Division of Criminal Justice in the Department of Law and Public Safety, holding various positions including Deputy Director.
A search is underway to fill the position of Director of the Conviction Review Unit. Interested candidates can learn more at: https://www.nj.gov/oag/job-postings/23_706_AAG_OPIA.pdf. Until a replacement is identified, the Unit will report directly to Thomas Eicher, Executive Director of OPIA.