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Robert McNally promoted to Morris County Chief of Detectives

MORRISTOWN, NJ (Morris County) – Morris County Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll and First Assistant Prosecutor Maggie Calderwood announce the promotion of Robert McNally to Chief of Detectives of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.

Chief Robert McNally is a United States Marine Corps Veteran who served as a sniper team leader in a Marine Infantry Battalion. Chief McNally completed three deployments during his military service and was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 1994.

Chief McNally began his law enforcement career in 1996 with the United States Customs Service. During his basic police academy training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, he received the high pistol shooter award and top physical fitness award for his class. As a federal officer he made numerous arrests and seizures for violations of federal narcotic and U.S. currency laws. From 1996 through 2003, Chief McNally received numerous recognitions for his work as a federal officer to include his direct involvement in a one-million-dollar currency seizure related to narcotics smuggling.

In 2003, Bob was hired by the Morris County Prosecutor`s Office as a Detective and was initially assigned to the Intelligence Unit and the Professional Standards/Internal Affairs Unit.

In 2005, Chief McNally was re-assigned to the Major Crimes Unit where he worked for approximately the next twelve years.  During that time Chief McNally worked numerous high-profile investigations to include homicides, bank robberies, suspicious deaths, fatal fires, police involved shootings as well as many other types of crimes. In 2007, Chief McNally was honored to be selected as “Morris County Detective of the Year” by the Morris County Detective`s Association for his work as the lead detective on discovered human remains that were determined to be the result of a homicide.  While continuing to work in the Major Crimes Unit Bob was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2011 and then again to the rank of Lieutenant in 2013.

After obtaining the rank of Lieutenant, Chief McNally was transferred to the Specialized Crimes Division where he oversaw day to day operations of the Professional Standards Unit, Financial Crimes, Missing Persons, Juvenile and Domestic Violence Units.

During August of 2016, Chief McNally was promoted to the rank of Captain and again assumed command of the Tactical Division until October of 2016 when he was reassigned to the Courts and Administrative Division which encompasses the General Investigations Unit, the Pre-trial Services Unit and the Firearms/Training Unit.

During June of 2021, Chief McNally was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief of Investigations.  As the Deputy Chief he was responsible for approximately 68 sworn law enforcement members of the office as well as the day-to-day investigative operation`s within our four investigative divisions.

In addition to his command responsibilities, Bob is also a long time Firearms Instructor, Hostage Crisis Negotiator, former member of the Tactical Narcotics Team, a member of the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation and a bagpiper with the Morris County Police Pipes and Drums.

Chief McNally is a twenty-five year plus veteran of law enforcement who is a graduate of the West Point Command and Leadership Program, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association courses, recent graduate of the Crisis Mental Health Intervention Training and has completed numerous other supervisory and management courses.

A formal promotion ceremony was held on February 1, 2023.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Bob since my appointment as Prosecutor.  Possessing a solid military and law enforcement background, he has demonstrated a wide range of skills, leadership, and institutional knowledge that will be invaluable to myself and my colleagues in the MCPO.   Equally as important, Bob has earned the respect of our entire staff and the many police chiefs, and rank and file officers with whom he has interacted with in his two decades of service to the public.  Additionally, he has an awareness of the importance of maintaining and expanding our community relationships and will be a vital link in communicating our office’s message of transparency, fairness, and justice in all our endeavors.  I personally look forward to working with our new Chief,” Carroll said.

“I’ve enjoyed working with Chief McNally in the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office for close to two decades now.  I believe he will be a strong leader for the office and will serve the people of Morris County well. I look forward to working alongside him in his new role as Chief of Detectives in Prosecutor Carroll’s administration,” Calderwood said.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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