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William R. Higgins, 59, (photo) was named last week to the position of Salem County Deputy Chief of Detectives for the Salem County Prosecutors Office. The position has been left unfilled since 2005.

 Higgins became active as the new deputy chief on July 31 at a salary of $95,731, which will 053007_1938_1 be funded through a federal grant, officials said.

Prosecutor John T. Lenahan said “I think (Higgins) brings a different perspective with an outside way of doing things,” he said. “He is also uniquely qualified to move our office forward with the new discovery and info-share programs. His integration into our office will be a positive thing.”

As a resident of Upper Pittsgrove for 22 years, Higgins said he is excited to be working close to home in Salem County.


“After serving in the state for 30 years, I was humbled with being offered a position in the prosecutor’s office and to be here locally working with the good people of Salem County,” said Higgins. “After working on the road throughout the state, I’m please to be working in the area where I live.”

Higgins, his wife Beth and their five sons moved several years ago from Brooklawn to Upper Pittsgove, Salem County.

After retiring in May 2006 from the New Jersey State Police with the rank of Captain, Higgins made an unsuccessful bid for Salem County Sheriff in November of that year. He lost to Chuck Miller a Republican.  The following year he was hired as the Director of Port Facilites Security at  the South Jersey Port Corporation, located in Camden at a salary of $78,000.

The 1976 graduate of Haddon Heights High School joined the state police in 1981 and worked his way up to the elite Executive Protection Unit, serving as former Gov. Jim Florio's personal driver from 1990 to 1994.

Higgins led a 100-trooper contingent under former Gov. James E. McGreevey in Camden to help local police fight crime.

Higgins' law enforcement career was varied, including stints with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Enforcement Unit and Casino Gaming Enforcement Bureau. He was chief of the Intelligence Bureau, specializing in street gang violence and illicit drug trafficking.


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