First Assistant Prosecutor Lori Linskey
Lori Linskey is the First Assistant Prosecutor for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Linskey is the first woman in the history of the office to hold the rank of First Assistant Prosecutor when she was promoted to that position on July 10, 2017. In this role, she is second in command of our nearly 300-person law enforcement agency, including 58 Assistant Prosecutors, 79 Detectives and hundreds of clerical and administrative support staff. Linskey serves as Acting Prosecutor with full authority in the absence of the Prosecutor. She is involved in all aspects of the management of the office. In addition to the guidance she provides to the MCPO and her involvement in our investigations and prosecutions, she provides support and legal advice to our 50+ municipal police departments on enforcement matters, Attorney General Guidelines and Directives as well as countywide policies and case specific inquiries. Linskey has been directly involved in the creation and implementation of the office’s initiatives including the launch of our Special Needs Registry, Community Law Enforcement Unit outreach, Growth Through Opportunity Program, our distracted driving campaign Unplugged and Alive, and the initiation of Crisis Intervention Team training. She is recognized as statewide expert in Prosecutorial Ethics and is sought out to provide guidance and training statewide.
Linskey joined the Office in January 2013, following a 15+ year career with the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ), Office of the Attorney General, where she served as Acting Bureau Chief, Deputy Attorney General and Senior Counsel with DCJ’s Prosecutors’ Supervision and Coordination Bureau. In this capacity, Linskey served as DCJ liaison to all 21 County Prosecutors’ Offices, conducted state-wide legal training, handled Prosecutors’ Office management reviews, handled regulatory firearms permitting issues throughout the state and served as the Division of Criminal Justice Ethic’s Liaison. Upon joining the MCPO in 2013, she first held the position of Executive Assistant Prosecutor, was promoted to Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor in January 2014, until her promotion to First Assistant Prosecutor in 2017.
Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Michael Wojciechowski
Michael Wojciechowski is the Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Wojciechowski came to the Office in 1986, as a summer law clerk while attending law school. After receiving his Juris Doctorate from Rutgers School of Law, Newark, he was hired as a full-time law clerk and was assigned to the Appellate Division. In 1988 Wojciechowski was sworn in as a Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor. He was first assigned to the Office’s Family Division where he prosecuted both Juvenile and Domestic Violence cases and then Trial Team B of the Trial Division. Wojciechowski was later promoted to Deputy Trial Team Leader and rose to the position of Trial Team Leader in 2000.
In 2006, Wojciechowski was promoted to Director of the Office’s Trial Division. As Director of the Trial Division, Michael directly oversaw 18 Assistant Prosecutors and the prosecution of almost 2000 cases annually. During his tenure as a Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Wojciechowski has tried more than 100 criminal cases before juries, including Murder, Vehicular Homicide, Armed Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Drug Distribution and Weapons offenses.
On February 4, 2015, Wojciechowski was sworn in as Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor. As Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor, Michael oversees the Trial Division and Criminal Justice Bail Reform – Intake Units of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, as well as the Public Information Officer’s Unit. Michael has also been instrumental in the development of the County’s Veterans Diversion and Opioid Division Programs.
John G. McCabe, Jr., Chief of Detectives
John G. McCabe, Jr., is a native of Monmouth County, who earned his degree in accounting from Rutgers University in 1987. Mr. McCabe’s law enforcement career began that same year when he took a position as an investigator with the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office. McCabe became a special agent with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 1990 and was assigned to the New Jersey Division. In this capacity, McCabe investigated high-level narcotics traffickers and money launderers across the globe. In 2000, McCabe was promoted to Group Supervisor and assigned to the Special Operations Division where he directed investigations targeting the command and control structure of the Mexican Drug Cartel. In 2003, McCabe was transferred to the Washington DC Division Office, where he led a Mobile Enforcement Team and Metropolitan Police Homicide Prevention Task Force into the capital city’s most beleaguered areas.
In 2004, McCabe was promoted to Chief of the Mexico Central American Section at DEA Headquarters. In this capacity, he managed domestic and foreign investigations linked to Mexico and several Central American countries, most notably implementing the Drug Flow Attack Strategy – a multi-agency, collaborative initiative that significantly disrupted the flow of drugs, money and chemicals from source countries into the United States. In 2007, McCabe was assigned to the New Jersey Division as an Assistant Special-Agent-in-Charge, where he oversaw two DEA Task Force groups and the entire Northern NJ High Intensity Drug Trafficking Activity Task Force. Working with law enforcement partners statewide, McCabe implemented an intelligence-led, collaborative, multi-agency initiative to proactively attack the drug threat and violence associated with drug trafficking in New Jersey.
McCabe retired from federal law enforcement in 2012, after serving as Acting Special-Agent-in-Charge of the DEA from 2010 – 2011.
After 25 years of federal service, McCabe was sworn-in as Deputy Chief of Detectives for the Union County Prosecutor’s Office in July 2012. The following year, McCabe assumed the role of Acting Chief of Detectives under the leadership of Acting Prosecutor Grace Park. During his tenure with Union County, McCabe was responsible for the daily operations of all detectives within the Investigations Division, where he supervised the planning and direction of investigations, and oversaw the administration of investigative activities conducted in compliance with state law enforcement programs.
Steven Padula, Chief of Staff
Steven Padula is the Chief of Staff for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Born and raised in Wall Township, Padula began his law enforcement career with the United States Coast Guard in 1982. He served in the Presidential Honor Guard in Washington DC and on Governor’s Island in the New York Harbor. He achieved specialty certifications in Electronics and Computer Programming.
In 1987, he joined the Wall Township Police Department and worked in the Patrol, Juvenile, and Detective Bureaus. He joined the Prosecutor’s Office in 1991 and has since served as Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Director of Administrative Services. He oversees budgetary and administrative support for the day to day operations of nearly 300 employees including Legal, Investigative, Clerical Support, and Interns.
Padula holds a Masters Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a New Jersey Certified Public Manager.