On October 2, 2015, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes appointed Neil J. Cleary to the position of First Assistant Prosecutor. Mr. Cleary had served as Acting First Assistant Prosecutor since August 2, 2015.
Mr. Cleary began his employment with the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office in February 2003, as an Assistant Prosecutor assigned to the Trial Section, where he served until 2012.
Michael J. DeMarco was made the acting Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor of Passaic County on August 3, 2015 until he was sworn in as the Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor on October 2, 2015. Prior to that, he was the Chief Assistant Prosecutor of the Major Crimes Unit. He was the supervisor of the Homicide and Vehicular Homicide Units. He oversaw over a hundred homicide investigations. In 2003, DeMarco successfully prosecuted a former New York Giant defensive tackle for his role in the death of a four year old child of his paramour. In 2004, DeMarco tried the first Bloods Gang motive homicide in Passaic County. The defendant was convicted of murder as an accomplice and received a fifty year New Jersey State Prison term. In 2005, DeMarco successfully prosecuted three co-defendants for murder during a trial which lasted two months.