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Murphy taps Rutgers alum to serve as commissioner of Department of Community Affairs

Jacquelyn Suárez, a Rutgers Law School alum, was appointed by Gov. Phil Murphy (D-N.J.) to lead the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA). – Photo by

On Thursday, Gov. Phil Murphy (D-N.J.) appointed Jacquelyn Suárez as acting commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), according to a press release.

Suárez is an alum of Rutgers Law School in Camden and has worked as a legal advisor to the Murphy administration before becoming the director of the Division of Local Government Services at the DCA, according to the release.

Her appointment comes after Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver (D-N.J.), who previously held the role, died in August.

"While Sheila Oliver can never truly be replaced, Jacquelyn will undoubtedly carry on Sheila's legacy of passionate, dedicated leadership of this department on behalf of New Jersey's communities," Murphy said in the release.

Suárez's interim appointment begins today, and the New Jersey State Senate will need to officially confirm her nomination in the coming months. She will be the first Hispanic commissioner of the DCA.

"(The) DCA plays a pivotal role in enhancing the quality of life for New Jersey residents, municipalities and businesses — and I will remain steadfast in my commitment to honor each and every one of our communities with the utmost respect and dedication," Suárez said.

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