TRENTON, N.J. – The New Jersey State Senate unanimously confirmed Richard E. Constable, III as the next Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA).

“I would like to thank both the Governor and the Legislature for allowing me to lead the Department of Community Affairs,” said Commissioner Constable. “I will continue to work to help municipalities keep property taxes down, develop housing policies that promote realistic affordable housing opportunities for New Jersey’s families, and encourage common sense reforms at the DCA so that we can better assist the State’s residents and businesses.”

Prior to joining the DCA, Constable managed the day-to-day operations at the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development where he served as Deputy Commissioner.

Earlier in his career, Constable worked as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark. There he investigated and prosecuted high-profile elected and appointed officials. Before his post with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Constable worked as a litigation associate with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City on sophisticated securities and antitrust matters.

Constable was raised in East Orange (Essex County). He graduated magna cum laude with an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Michigan, where he was a Harry S. Truman Scholar.  Constable earned both his law degree and Masters in Government Administration from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997.  After graduation he clerked for Justice Alan Page of the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Constable served as Acting Commissioner of the DCA since January 3, 2012. 

The Department of Community Affairs offers a wide range of programs and services that respond to issues of public concern including fire and building safety, housing production, community planning and development, and local government management and finance. The DCA's programs and services are provided through its divisions of Codes and Standards, Fire Safety, Housing and Community Resources, and Local Government Services.

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