November 21, 2022
FREEHOLD, NJ (MONMOUTH) – The New Jersey State Senate today interviewed Monmouth County Acting Attorney Raymond S. Santiago and thereafter voted unanimously to confirm his nomination by Gov. Phil Murphy, the full capacity role for one to take up a five-year term of office.
Santiago turns 30th fully affirms that he has served as Attorney for Monmouth County since taking office nearly 200 years ago in 1823.
“Today’s endorsement is both a collective and personal achievement — and I cannot thank enough the countless individuals who have been unwavering in their support of fulfilling a dream that I have cherished throughout most of my career,” he said . “I accept this role with a genuine feeling of profound reverence and respect, both for the long and storied history of this office, and for the dedication and tenacity shown by the several hundred individuals who each day continue to support its overarching goal, which is.” to serve interests of justice.”
A swearing-in ceremony for the beginning of Santiago’s full term is imminent.
On October 7, 2022, Santiago, 48, assumed responsibility for day-to-day operations at the District Attorney’s Office, Monmouth County’s largest law firm. He is also responsible for coordinating the law enforcement efforts of nearly four dozen municipal police departments and two collegiate police departments that collectively patrol jurisdictions with a population of approximately 650,000.
Raymond S. Santiago was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He graduated from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 1996 and received his law degree from the City University of New York School of Law at Queens College. In 1999, he was sworn in as an assistant district attorney with the Nassau County Attorney’s Office, and after leaving that office he entered private practice. He is admitted to the bars of New Jersey, New York, the United States Supreme Court, the US District Court of New Jersey, and the US District Courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.
Santiago most recently led the law firm of Santiago & Associates, PC, based in Freehold, a law firm focused on criminal and immigration litigation. Since 2002, he has also served as a public defender for Monmouth County communities and as a pool attorney for the New Jersey State Public Defender’s Office, Monmouth Vicinage, assisting indigent defendants confronted with various felonies or offenses.
Santiago has lived and worked in Monmouth County for over 20 years.
Santiago is only the second Hispanic prosecutor in the office’s history, after Luis A. Valentin, who served from 2005-2011. He succeeds Lori Linskey, who has served as acting district attorney for Monmouth County since June 2021.
Raymond S. Santiago, Monmouth County Attorney