Acting First Assistant Prosecutor Michael Wojciechowski
Michael Wojciechowski is the Acting First Assistant Prosecutor for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.
Wojciechowski has served more than three decades with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Michael 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. 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. He was promoted to his current position by Acting Prosecutor Linskey on June 3, 2021.
John G. McCabe, Jr., Acting 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.