Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll
Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll is a veteran attorney, having held numerous, sensitive law enforcement positions in New Jersey state and county government during his over four decades of public and private service. Starting as an Essex County Investigator in the early 1970s, Carroll become an Assistant Prosecutor. He initially worked in the Trial and Appellate sections, and later served as Assistant Prosecutor/Supervisor of Organized Crime and Special Prosecutions section in that agency. In 1980, he was selected to become a Deputy Attorney General in the elite Special Prosecutions section of the Division of Criminal Justice, a unit he later headed. Thereafter, Carroll was appointed in 1986 to Supervising Deputy Attorney General, Organized Crime and Racketeering Task Force (OCRTF) at the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General. He was later promoted to task force Chief/Assistant Attorney General in 1989. In that capacity, Carroll investigated and prosecuted major New Jersey criminal enterprises and public corruption. The OCRTF successfully investigated and prosecuted hundreds of organized criminal members, associates and their criminal “crews.” Among the convictions of major figures, Carroll’s unit investigated, tried and secured a conviction of the infamous “Iceman” killer, Richard Kuklinski, for several brutal murders, which have made appearances in pop culture and media. He also led investigations into five La Cosa Nostra Crime families and personally prosecuted the hierarchy of the New Jersey Lucchese Crime Family, achieving a major RICO-murder conviction.
Carroll has acted as an instructor for a number of law enforcement institutions, including the New Jersey State Police Academy and Essex County Police Academy, and has educated hundreds of state and tribal leaders in law enforcement and anti-corruption methods. Before his current appointment as Acting Morris County Prosecutor, Carroll served as Director of the Law Department for the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the largest toll road authority in North America. He previously also served as Acting Sussex County Prosecutor. He also supervised thousands of background investigations while serving as a Chairman of a Gaming Commission and Compliance Officer for major Native American Gaming Facilities.
Carroll earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Wake Forest University, where he was a scholarship football player. He holds a J.D. from the Seton Hall University School of Law. He also holds an Executive Certificate for Leadership Development from Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations. He has also been recognized and received commendations from numerous federal and New Jersey state law enforcement agencies, such as the FBI, ATF, Secret Service, Federal Organized Crime Strike Force, US Marshalls, US Attorney’s Office, NJ State Police, NJ DCJ, and numerous Prosecutor’s Offices for his leadership work on organized crime and effective inter-agency team building.