NEWPORT, R.I. – Gerard P. McAleer, a 1983 Salve Regina graduate who serves as the Chief of County Investigators at the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office in New Jersey, will be the featured speaker during Salve Regina’s 14th annual Law Day Observance on May 1.
Presented by Salve Regina’s administration of justice department, the ceremony will kick off at 5 p.m. with refreshments in the lobby of O’Hare Academic Center. The event is free and open to the public.
In addition to McAleer’s remarks and honorary induction into Alpha Phi Sigma national criminal justice honor society, the ceremony will include the presentation of the McGarry Memorial Scholarship, the Outstanding Intern Awards, and undergraduate inductions into Alpha Phi Sigma.
Thirteen undergraduate students will be inducted into Alpha Phi Sigma, including seniors Michael Horn, Jennifer Jones, Kristen LeGrow and Jerrica Perez, and juniors Nicole Bard, Jamie Lee Crespo, Shayna Halpin, Emily Langlois, Alexandra Less, Rowan Moriarty, Siobhan Mullen, Jordan Wells and Lynsey Wolf.
Graduate student inductees will include Josh Birrell, Matthew Brady, Michael Finklestein and Patrick Keenan.
Sophomore Joseph McNeill will be presented with the Joseph J. McGarry ’97 Memorial Scholarship, and Outstanding Intern Awards will be presented to seniors Derrick Delisser, Gregory Gosselin and Kirsten LeGrow.
McAleer, who earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Salve Regina, began his law enforcement career as a police officer in Rhode Island in 1977, and his federal law enforcement career with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Special Agent in 1984.
Assigned to the DEA’s New York City office, he aggressively pursued high-level narcotics traffickers and money launderers throughout the world. He earned numerous performance awards, the DEA Purple Heart, and the Administrator’s Award for Exceptional Service – one of the DEA’s highest honors. In 1992, he was promoted to Group Supervisor, where he led teams of agents conducting transportation interdiction operations and investigating money laundering organizations.
In January 1998, McAleer relocated to DEA headquarters in Arlington, Va. and was assigned to the Office of Inspections. He was promoted to Senior Inspector and supervised inspections, shooting investigations and audit programs. After serving for three years in the Office of Inspections, he was selected as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Administrator, DEA’s second-in-command.
He returned to the New York City office in June 2001 as Assistant Special Agent in Charge, where he supervised complex enforcement operations on a local, national, and international level. In the aftermath of September 11th terror attack on New York, he led a team of DEA Special Agents assigned to join the FBI in pursuing investigative leads. He was later assigned as the Acting Chief of the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force, DEA’s oldest, largest, and most successful task force. He remained in New York until he was promoted to the Senior Executive Service and assigned back to DEA Headquarters to head the Office of Inspections. In March 2006, the DEA Administrator selected Mr. McAleer to lead DEA’s New Jersey Field Division as the Special Agent in Charge.
In 2010, after 26 years with the DEA, McAleer took a position as Associate Director at the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (OHSP) in New Jersey. There he was responsible for administering, coordinating and supervising the counter-terrorism and preparedness efforts for the State of New Jersey. He stayed with OHSP for almost two years before moving to Deputy Chief of County Investigators at the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. In October of 2012 he was promoted to Chief of County Investigators with responsibility for investigating major crimes such as homicide, sex crimes, internal affairs, special investigations and violent gangs. McAleer has lectured extensively on various law enforcement, management and leadership topics.
He received his master of public administration degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice-CUNY and is a 1995 recipient of the Salve Regina University’s Alumni Achievement Award.