Acting Commissioner Richard E. Constable III
Building on his reform agenda for New Jersey, Governor Chris Christie nominated Richard E. Constable III, Esq. to lead the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (the “DCA”). This cabinet-level department plays an instrumental role in helping local governments to reduce property taxes, improve their operations through best practices, and advance sensible affordable housing development. The DCA provides guidance on a wide range of programs and services that respond to issues of public safety including building and fire codes, community planning and development, and financial assistance for individuals in need.

Prior to joining the Department of Community Affairs in January 2012, Acting Commissioner Constable managed the day-to-day operations at the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development where he served as Deputy Commissioner. From 2002 to 2010, he worked as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark. There he regularly investigated and prosecuted high-profile elected and appointed officials, including state senators, assemblymen, and mayors, who were charged with bribery and extortion.

Before his post with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Acting Commissioner Constable worked from 1998 to 2002 as a litigation associate with Sullivan & Cromwell LLP in New York City on sophisticated securities and antitrust matters.

Raised in East Orange, Acting Commissioner Constable graduated magna cum laude with an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Michigan, where he was a Harry S. Truman Scholar. Mr. 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.

In addition to overseeing the Department of Community Affairs, Acting Commissioner Constable also serves as Chair of the State Residency Review Commission and is on the State Health Benefit Plan Design Committee.

He lives in Orange.