A woman who has served in all three branches of state government, rising to prominent positions in each role, will join the Burlington County Bench next week.
Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford will be sworn in next week as a Superior Court judge and assigned to the 15-member bench in Mount Holly.
Ford, a Democrat, previously served as a Superior Court judge in Ocean County between 1992 and 2007, becoming the presiding judge over the Family Division. In 2007, she was appointed county prosecutor by Gov. Corzine.
She also served two terms in the New Jersey Assembly (1984-1986 and 1990-1992), becoming chair of the Judiciary Committee. During her tenure in that post, she oversaw the passage of an assault weapon ban; a civil rights bill that included sexual orientation, and legislation allowing living wills, according to a biography posted on the Ocean County Prosecutor's website.
Born in Yuma, Arizona where she grew up on a farm, Ford now lives in Toms River with her husband and daughter. She is 59.
She earned an undergraduate degree from Georgian Court University and a law degree from Seton Hall University in 1979. She practiced law in Jackson Township and Point Pleasant Beach and also was general counsel to the Assembly Democrats and to H.Hovnanian Industries, a developer.