Chapter 5: About Camden County Row Officers

About Camden County Row Officers:


County Clerk Joseph Ripa:

As County Clerk, Joe has managed the process of updating and modernizing the Clerk’s Office, paying special attention to the office’s energy efficiency, staff productivity, and technology use. He also works on encouraging active voter participation through the Camden County Vote By Mail Program.

As the keeper of the records for the county, the Clerk’s Office has two major divisions:

the Registry Division and the Election Division. The Registry (Real Estate Recording) Division handles all matters pertaining to the land records of the county as a Constitutional Row Officer. The Election Division handles an array of election services and statutory responsibilities as prescribed by the legislature and the State Constitution.


Sheriff Gilbert “Whip” Wilson:

The Camden County Office of the Sheriff provides a variety of law enforcement services and support using state of the art technology in a prompt, efficient and courteous manner to the county’s residents and visitors. The office also works with various agencies and departments throughout the county, state and country. The staff of 194 includes 157 sworn officers and 29 civilian staff.

The Sheriff’s Office’s responsibilities are mandated by statute and include functions in both civil and criminal areas of the law such as: Court Security Bureau, Investigations Bureau, Bureau of Criminal Identification, Civil Process Bureau, Transportation Bureau.

The Sheriff’s Office also provides ancillary services including: Probation/Child Support Units, Technical Service Unit (Bomb Squad), Canine (K-9) Unit (drug and bomb sniffing dogs)/Patrol Division, Camden County Emergency Response Team (S.E.R.T)

Surrogate Michelle Gentek-Mayer:

Michelle Gentek-Mayer has served as Surrogate of Camden County Surrogate Court since 2016. Her work focuses on community outreach, with the goal of ensuring that Camden County residents have access to the services and tools needed for successfully resolving legal matters including adoptions, guardianships, and estate planning. Under Surrogate Gentek-Mayer, the department has offered community education opportunities such as The Conversation of a Lifetime (an estate-planning workshop), improved services for the county’s Spanish-speaking residents, and the opening of an additional satellite office in Voorhees.

Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay:

The Camden County Prosecutor is a constitutional officer appointed by New Jersey’s Governor. The county prosecutors’ term of office is five years. The Prosecutor’s Office investigates and prosecutes all indictable crime in this county of about 523,700 residents. Camden County, which includes the urban environment of Camden, inner-ring suburbs and still-growing bedroom communities, is a diverse region in Southern New Jersey. As a result the Prosecutor’s Office’s dedicated, professional staff must be flexible and quick to adjust to the needs of its residents. The State Office of Counterterrorism has also designated the prosecutor as the coordinator of counter-terrorism efforts for local police departments in the county.