By: Yuritza Arroyo
Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll, First Assistant Prosecutor Maggie Calderwood, Chief of Detectives Christoph Kimker, and Deputy Chief Robert McNally announce the promotion of several investigative team members, and the hiring of a new Detective, within the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.
According to officials, a formal ceremony was held on January 3, 2023, in the Commissioner’s Public Meeting Room.
Keisha Higgs was promoted to Lieutenant and will supervise the General Investigations Unit within the Courts & Administrative Division.
Lt. Higgs began her career with the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in February 2000 as a Community Justice Intern and has worked through the ranks. In October 2000, she was hired as a Municipal Court Advocate in the Victim Witness Unit, and in August 2004, she was promoted to Detective.
She attended the New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice Academy Basic Course for Investigators and graduated in December 2004. She was promoted to Detective Supervisor in August 2016 and later to Sergeant in September 2017.
During her tenure at the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office, Lt. Higgs has been assigned to the Narcotics/Special Enforcement Unit, Domestic Violence Unit, Weapons Return Unit, Bias Crimes Unit, Juvenile Unit, Missing Persons Unit, Community Affairs Unit, and the General Investigations Unit.
Promoted to Sergeant were Stephen Gangi and Craig May. Both previously had held the rank of Detective Supervisor.
Sgt. Gangi will supervise the General Investigations Unit within the Courts & Administrative Division.
Sgt. May will supervise the Pre-Trial Services Unit within the Courts & Administrative Division.
In December 2002, Sgt. May joined the East Orange Police Department, where he worked less than one year in Patrol before being promoted to Detective.
Promoted to Detective Supervisor were Matthew Magnone and Lydia Negron. Both previously had held the rank of Detective.
Detective Supervisor Magnone will continue to be assigned to the Major Crimes Unit. Detective Supervisor Magnone started his career in 1999 as an Agent with the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and was assigned to the Grand Jury, Vertical Trial Teams, and Juvenile Unit.
Det. Supervisor Negron will continue to be assigned to the Sex Crimes/ChildEndangerment Unit.
Det. Supervisor Negron was hired by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office as a certified Bilingual Transcriber in February 2009, assisting various units with bilingual needs and supervising all transcription/transcriber assignments.
In March 2013, she was hired as a Detective.
Matthew Marino was sworn in as Detective. Det. Marino joined the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office in October 2019 and has worked in multiple units, including the Domestic Violence Unit and Major Crimes Unit. Det. Marino coordinated the Office’s protection detail staffing for the Morris County vaccination mega site.
Prosecutor Carroll said, “We have continued to promote from within our existing ranks due to the dedication, experience, and performance of these fine officers.
They also have diverse skill sets that will best assist the MCPO in achieving its current operational needs and objectives. We look forward to their future contributions to the mission of our office best to protect the citizens and communities of Morris County.”