The U.S. Senate has confirmed a former high-ranking New Jersey State Police official as the U.S. marshal for the District of New Jersey.
Juan Mattos Jr. becomes the first Hispanic to hold the post. He was serving as an agent for the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office when President Obama nominated him in March. U.S. Sens. Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez announced his confirmation on Thursday.
Mattos started his law enforcement career as a state trooper in 1975 and retired last year as a lieutenant colonel, the second-highest post in the state police. His state police career included stints as head of investigations and head of operations.
The Monroe Township, Middlesex County, resident holds a bachelor’s degree from Jersey City State College and a master’s degree from Monmouth University.