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Grace C. MacAulay swears in as Acting Camden County Prosecutor

Grace C. MacAulay is sworn in following Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer's retirement on Dec. 1.

Special to The Sun/The Sun: Grace C. MacAulay who retired from the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office in 2018 after more than 25 years of service, has been sworn in as Acting Camden County Prosecutor.

Grace C. MacAulay, who retired from the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office in 2018 after more than 25 years of service, has been sworn in as Acting Camden County Prosecutor.

The swearing-in ceremony occurred on Dec. 1, 2021 at the Camden County Hall of Justice. MacAulay was sworn in by The Honorable Kathleen M. Delaney, J.S.C.

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“This is seriously one of the greatest days of my life,” MacAulay told the CCPO staff before the ceremony. “I believe the crux of the criminal justice system is a prosecutor’s discretion and working here we have an awesome responsibility. We have vast authority, often daunting, but it’s an authority which must be exercised with the appropriate balance of prudent discernment and intestinal fortitude. I look around the room today and I couldn’t ask for better, more competent people, whom I respect and trust, to share these weighty responsibilities with.”

Earlier in the morning, MacAulay was sworn in over the phone as an Assistant Attorney General by Acting New Jersey Attorney General Andrew J. Bruck.

“Thank you for your faith in me, thank you for your support. I’m so grateful,” she told Bruck.

“You are going to be a phenomenal acting prosecutor,” he responded. “I am so excited for you.”

Since 2018, MacAulay has served as President of “The Friends of the Camden County Child Advocacy Center,” a nonprofit she co-founded while serving as Deputy First Assistant Camden County Prosecutor. The organization supports the needs of child abuse victims and their families.

During her nearly four years as Deputy First Assistant Camden County Prosecutor, MacAulay supervised all CCPO Section Chiefs and Assistant Prosecutors. She also assisted the Prosecutor and First Assistant Prosecutor with managerial duties.

While serving as Deputy First Assistant, MacAulay simultaneously served as Section Chief of the CCPO’s Special Victims Unit. As SVU Section Chief, she prosecuted adults and juveniles who committed criminal acts of sexual and physical abuse. She also rewrote the Special Victims Unit/Child Abuse Unit Policies and Protocols.

Prior to her role as SVU Section Chief, MacAulay spent nearly two years as Deputy Section Chief of the CCPO’s Juvenile Unit, where she prosecuted all crimes committed by juveniles and supervised newly hired Assistant Prosecutors. MacAulay spent 20 years before that as an Assistant Prosecutor herself at the CCPO, serving in seven different units.

She received her Juris Doctor from Widener School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Gettysburg College.

MacAulay succeeds Jill S. Mayer, who had served as Acting Camden County Prosecutor since October 1, 2019 before retiring.

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