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First Assistant Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet

Christopher L.C. Kuberiet is the First Assistant Prosecutor for the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Kuberiet began his legal career at the Office in 1990, after completing a judicial clerkship with the Honorable David G. Lucas. He first held the position of Assistant Prosecutor in the Juvenile Unit for 6-years prior to his promotion to Section Chief of that unit. In this capacity, Kuberiet supervised assistant prosecutors and investigators in the prosecution of all juvenile complaints, and represented the Office in Superior Court, Chancery Division and Family Court.

From 2003 to 2011, he was an Assistant Prosecutor rendering his legal expertise in various units such as the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit, and the Career Criminal and Gang Unit. During this time Kuberiet served as a Zone Prosecutor and Trial Team Leader where he provided legal advice to all law enforcement agencies in Middlesex County while supervising a team of assistant prosecutors and investigators.

In January, 2011, Kuberiet was promoted to the Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor which included the responsibility of overseeing the Major Crimes Unit and Trial Teams Operations. In this capacity, he managed the office as the Chief Legal Advisor to the Major Crimes Unit supervising the investigation and prosecution of all suspicious deaths and was the Chief Legal Advisor to the Trial Teams Section, supervising a staff of 45 assistant prosecutors and 25 investigators/agents.

Kuberiet was elevated to First Assistant Prosecutor in November 2013, where he supervises 206 staff members, while taking a hands on approach with every case. Throughout his tenure he has prosecuted cases ranging from juvenile matters to violent crimes including homicides, aggravated sexual assaults and kidnappings. He has been treating victims with dignity and respect for 27 years, while always fighting the opposition with his tenacity and his knowledge of the law.

Christopher L.C. Kuberiet is a member of both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania Bar Associations. He graduated with Honors from Rutgers University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree and was admitted to the New Jersey State Bar in 1989. He graduated from Albright College in 1985. While attend Rutgers he served as a Legal Intern for the Honorable Elliot G. Heard, Jr., JSC (Gloucester County) and a Law Clerk at Ballen, Keiser, Gertel and Feldman, P.C., a law firm in Camden, New Jersey.


Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Christie Bevacqua
 
Christie Bevacqua is the Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor for the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
 
Ms. Bevacqua joined the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office in 1998 after completing a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Barnett E. Hoffman, P.J.Cr. (Ret.).  Ms. Bevacqua is a member of both the New Jersey and New York bars.
 
She graduated magna cum laude from Monmouth College (now Monmouth University) in 1993.  She was awarded her Juris Doctor degree cum laude in 1997 from The Columbus School of Law at the Catholic University of America.
 
During her career, Ms. Bevacqua has been assigned to the juvenile, trial team, sex crimes and homicide units.  In 2008, Ms. Bevacqua became Section Chief of the Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit.  She spent 6-years in that position.  In 2011, Prosecutor Bruce Kaplan promoted Ms. Bevacqua to Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor, where she supervised Sex Crimes Child Abuse, Domestic Violence and Megan’s Law units.
 
As Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor under Prosecutor Andrew Carey, Ms. Bevacqua continues to supervise the same units, in addition to the Trial Teams.  She has tried approximately 45 jury trials to conclusion, including aggravated sexual assault, murder, and official misconduct.


Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor Brian D. Gillet
 
Brian D. Gillet is the Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor for the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Gillet joined the Office in January 2005, following a 10-year career with the New Jersey Supreme Court, Office of Attorney Ethics, where he served as the Deputy Ethics Counsel. In this capacity, Gillet investigated and prosecuted attorneys who violated the Rules of Professional Conduct. There, he argued over 15 cases before the New Jersey Supreme Court.
 
He began his legal career with the Union County Prosecutor’s Office where he served as an Assistant Prosecutor for 10-years. Here he served as the Appellate Supervisor, a Trial Team Attorney, the Deputy Chief of the Economic Crimes Unit, and the Chief of the Organized Crime Unit.
 
From 1988 thru 1992, Gillet was assigned as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney, to the Organized Crime Strike Force at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark. There he investigated and prosecuted organized crime cases which originated out of Union and Middlesex County.
 
Gillet is a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney and a graduate of Seton Hall School of Law and Northwestern University.
 
In this Office, Gillet first held the position of Deputy Chief prior to his promotion to Chief of the Special Prosecutions Unit in 2007. As Chief of Special Prosecutions, Gillet supervised the Unit and tried Official Misconduct and Theft cases. In 2011, he became the Chief of the Appellate / Post Conviction Relief Unit where he supervised all appeals and applications for Post-Conviction Relief. In that capacity, he has argued numerous cases before the Appellate Division and two cases before the N.J. Supreme Court.
 
In December, 2013, Brian D. Gillet was promoted to the Deputy First Assistant Prosecutor in addition to remaining Chief of the Appellate / Post Conviction Relief Unit.
 
 
Chief of County Detectives, Gerard P. McAleer
 
A native of New York City, Chief McAleer began his career as a police officer in Rhode Island in 1977. In 1984, he embarked on a 26-year federal career as a Special Agent of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), during which time he received numerous honors and commendations for his work pursuing narcotics traffickers, violent criminals and money launderers all over the world. His career with the DEA included several executive level assignments in DEA headquarters, New York, and New Jersey. His work included four years as Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the New Jersey Division, where he was responsible for the DEA's operations throughout the state. He was the architect of several innovative programs that have been replicated around the country, such as the prescription drug take-back program.
 
In 2010, McAleer was named Associate Director at the State of New Jersey, Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP). After almost two years with the OHSP, he moved to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office in October 2011.
 
In his current role, he directs teams of detectives who are responsible for investigating major crimes such as homicide, sexual assault, police misconduct, fraud, elder abuse and exploitation, drug trafficking and gang violence throughout Middlesex County, New Jersey.
 
Chief McAleer received his Master of Public Administration degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice-City University of New York.  He is also a graduate of Salve Regina University, Newport, R.I., where he received a B.S. in Criminal Justice and Management. Chief McAleer has lectured extensively on various law enforcement, drug prevention, management, and leadership topics.
 
 
 
Chief of Staff, Robert Merkler
 
Robert Merkler is the Chief of Staff of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Merkler joined the Office in 2005, following a 26-year career as a police officer.  He has an extensive law enforcement background holding all ranks within the police department; working in Patrol, Training, Detective Bureau and Administration.
 
He is a graduate of Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) and except for a brief period of time, has been a resident of Middlesex County his entire life.
 
In this Office, Merkler oversees budgetary and administrative support for the day to day operations of over 200 employees including Legal, Investigative, Clerical Support and Interns. In addition, he is tasked with policy formulation and planning future projects.

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