Mach Jackson Becomes 1st Black Named as Cumberland County Chief of Detectives


Mach Jackson, new Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office Chief of Detectives. Photo courtesy Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office.

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BRIDGETON — Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae is pleased to announce the installation of her new Chief of Detectives Mach Jackson. He is the first African American to ever hold the position.

Jackson started on March 15, replacing Richard Necelis, who retired in December. Jackson retired as a major from the New Jersey State Police in December. He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Cleveland Heights High School in 1988.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Kentucky State University was accepted into the 116th Academy Class of the New Jersey State Police, where he graduated on December 23, 1994. Jackson was assigned to Troop “A” Field Operations Section as a road duty trooper.

During the course of his career, he was assigned to various general policing stations in southern New Jersey, including Absecon, Woodstown, Port Norris and Bass River Station. After 10 years of service, Jackson was selected to move to the Office of Professional Standards where he was assigned to various units.

Jackson served as an investigator for the Intake and Adjudication Bureau and the Internal Affairs Investigation Bureau. He completed investigations on various complaints made by citizens against enlisted members of the State Police. Additionally, he reviewed internal investigations and prepared disciplinary charges for adjudication.

During his nine years in the Office of Professional Standards, Jackson was promoted to Detective Sergeant, Detective Sergeant First Class and Lieutenant. Thereafter, he was promoted to Captain and transferred to Field Operations Section as a Regional Commander in Troop “A.”

After two and a half years, he was promoted to Major and served as the Commanding Officer of The Office of Community Outreach and Public Affairs. Later he commanded Field Operations for both Troop “C” and for Troop “A” of the New Jersey State Police.

He retired after 25 years of service in December 2020. During his tenure at the New Jersey State Police, Jackson received a Letter of Commendation for pulling two women out of a burning car and for locating and arresting an armed robbery suspect within an hour after the robbery.

Jackson earned a master’s degree in public administration from Seton Hall University in 2003. He is an active member of his community in Galloway as an organizer, coach and referee.

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