Dow, 54, was a career federal prosecutor before taking the county post in 2003. If nominated and confirmed, Dow would succeed Anne Milgram, who was planning to leave regardless of the results of last month’s gubernatorial election.
MontclairMaplewood resident, Dow worked for the U.S. Attorney-Southern District of New York from 1987 to 1994, and for the U.S. Attorney in New Jersey from 1994 to 2003. She served as Counsel to the U.S. Attorney and in the Special Prosecutions and Criminal Division. She was a corporate attorney for Exxon from 1980 to 1987. She is a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
Under Dow’s term in office as Prosecutor, several changes were made to better law enforcement. Last year, the conviction rate climbed to 77 percent. This marked the highest conviction rate for Essex County since 2000.
Dow initiated new ways to address gang violence by creating a gang and drug interdiction/intelligence unit, specifically designed to dismantle street gangs and drug organization. In the last two years, approximately 300 gang members were arrested in Essex County. She also opened a state-of-the-art Crime Scene Unit which has changed the way criminal investigations are conducted throughout the county. In addition, she opened a new homicide unit equipped with state-of-the-art interview rooms that are wired for the audio and video recording of statements.