Ocean County's New Prosecutor Takes Oath Friday
Joseph D. Coronato will be sworn in as prosecutor at 3:30 p.m. Friday
Joseph D. Coronato will take the oath to become Ocean County's new prosecutor on Friday.
Coronato, a Republican with a law firm in Toms River, will replace outgoing prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford during a Friday afternoon ceremony in Historic Courtroom One, according to Executive Assistant Prosecutor Michael Paulhus.
Gov. Chris Christie appointed Ford, a Democrat, as a Superior Court judge. She previously served a stint as a Superior Court judge before being named prosecutor in 2007 by Gov. Jon Corzine.
County freeholders offered praise for both during a meeting last week.
"I'm conflicted here, because I'm going to really miss you as a prosecutor, working with you and seeing what you've done," said Freeholder James Lacey to Ford at the time. "But I'm glad you found a home back on the bench."
Praise was also given to Coronato, who was appointed by Christie for his new post last June but had to wait for a confirmation vote.
"You're now going to come from the private sector and go right to the public sector, and it's going to be a great challenge for you," Freeholder Director Jack Kelly said then. "But I've worked with you for a lot of years, and I know you're going to be successful."