Acting Prosecutor Diane M. Ruberton
On August 2, 2016, Diane M. Ruberton was the first female to be appointed as the Atlantic County Acting Prosecutor. In her capacity as Acting Prosecutor, Ms. Ruberton is the chief law enforcement officer of Atlantic County and responsible for managing an office staff of 176 and the oversight of 17 municipal police departments and the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Office.
Ms. Ruberton received dual B.A. degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Villanova University in 1992. She then attended Widener University School of Law where she was an Associate Law Review Editor and graduated cum laude in 1995. She was admitted to the bars in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in 1995.
Upon her graduation from law school, Ms. Ruberton served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Arthur Guerrera and the Honorable Robert Neustadter in the Criminal Division of Superior Court in Atlantic County. Following her clerkship, she served as an Assistant District Attorney in Delaware County, Pennsylvania from 1996 to 1997. In 1997, Ms. Ruberton returned to Atlantic County as Assistant County Counsel, representing the County in various areas of civil litigation including workers’ compensation, prisoner’s rights, personal injury, and bail forfeitures in Superior Court and Federal District Court.
In 1999, Ms. Ruberton was hired as an Assistant Prosecutor for the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and assigned to the Grand Jury Unit. In 2001, she was assigned to a trial team and promoted to Trial Team Leader in 2005. During that time, she was also periodically assigned to special investigative units including vehicular homicide, crimes against children, financial crimes and official corruption. In December 2011, Ms. Ruberton was promoted to Chief Assistant Prosecutor and supervised various specialized units including Juvenile, Fatal Collision Investigations, Bias Crimes, Financial Crimes, Insurance Fraud, Official Corruption, and Internal Affairs.
On August 22, 2012, Ms. Ruberton was appointed Acting First Assistant Prosecutor. On July 10, 2014, that appointment became permanent. As the First Assistant, she supervised the legal staff of 41 Assistant Prosecutors and Chief Assistant Prosecutors and the Office of Victim Witness Advocacy. She also supervised the Official Corruption and Internal Affairs Units and continued to try corruption and homicide cases.
During her career as a prosecutor, Ms. Ruberton has tried a variety of cases including narcotics, child abuse, sexual assault, aggravated assault, theft, robbery, gun violence, vehicular homicide and murder. In 2011, Ms. Ruberton was certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Criminal Trial Attorney.
Ms. Ruberton is a resident of Atlantic County and a member of the Atlantic County Coalition for a Safe Community.