Grace Park, the acting Union County prosecutor who broke barriers by serving as the first Asian-American county prosecutor in New Jersey’s history, will be moving to the role of deputy general counsel and chief litigation counsel at Public Service Enterprise Group Inc., according to a Friday announcement.
The Union County Prosecutor’s Office said in the announcement that Park, who also carries the distinction of being the county’s first female and minority lead prosecutor, will leave her post after Sept. 13.
She will be replaced by Thomas Isenhour, who has spent more than 30 years at the prosecutor’s office and served as first assistant prosecutor under Park. His appointment was announced Friday by Gov. Chris Christie and Attorney General Christopher Porrino.
In her capacity as Union County’s top enforcer, Park has overseen an office with around 250 employees and a budget of approximately $22 million. She was not immediately reached for comment Friday, but in the county’s announcement of her departure, she called serving Union County’s citizens “a tremendous honor.”
“The two parts of this job I will miss the most are the mission of the work and the amazing people who execute that mission,” she said. “It has been extremely humbling to work alongside of them, day in and day out, with the goal of simply doing the right thing, every day.”
With her move to PSEG, Park will be serving the people of New Jersey in a different way. The diversified energy company is the state’s largest provider of electric and gas service, serving 2.2 million electric customers and 1.8 million gas customers, according to its website.
The company also has a presence outside the state. PSEG owns power plants in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions as well as solar energy facilities across the country.
PSEG did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Park’s hire.
While heading up the Union County Prosecutor’s Office, Park’s accomplishments have included spearheading what the announcement called New Jersey’s “most comprehensive county-funded, multi-department deployment of body-worn cameras (BWCs) to date,” and pursuing high-level drug traffickers operating in the area.
Park also led in the creation of the Union County Family Justice Center, which will hold its grand opening on her last day in office. The center is intended to bring governmental and non-governmental services together to assist survivors of domestic violence.