TRENTON – Patrick E. Hobbs has been appointed Chair of the State Commission of Investigation by Gov. Chris Christie.
Hobbs, the Dean of Seton Hall Law School, has served as a member of the SCI’s governing board since 2004. He succeeds the late W. Cary Edwards to become the tenth presiding officer of the Commission in its 43‐year history, according to a release.
“I am honored by the trust placed in me by the Governor, and I am committed to ensuring that the SCI does its very best to serve the citizens of New Jersey as a premiere government watchdog agency,” Hobbs said in the release. “My predecessors worked hard to set high standards for the SCI, and I welcome the opportunity to move that tradition to a new level of excellence.”
As SCI Chair, Hobbs will preside over the professional staff and operations of an independent state agency established in 1968 to investigate organized crime and corruption, waste of tax money and other abuses of the public trust.