Legislative Leaders Announce Appointment of New OLS Executive Director & Legislative Counsel

Maureen McMahon to Serve as Executive Director, Gabriel Neville as Legislative Counsel

(TRENTON) — The four leaders of the New Jersey Legislature announced the appointment of Maureen McMahon, Esq. as Executive Director and Gabriel R. Neville, Esq. as Legislative Counsel of the Office of Legislative Services (OLS).

“I am honored and humbled by the support of the Legislative Services Commission in my appointment as Executive Director of the Office of Legislative Services,” said McMahon. “I look forward to serving the Legislature in this capacity and continuing to work with the dedicated and talented staff at OLS.”

“I am fortunate to have spent many years working with the great people at OLS,” said Neville. “I thank the Legislative Services Commission for the opportunity to serve the Legislature in the role of Legislative Counsel.”

McMahon, a graduate of Marist College and Rutgers University School of Law, has worked in the New Jersey Legislature since 2002. In her two decades with the OLS, she has served as Lead Counsel and Section Chief of the Utilities, Transportation and Communications Section, Acting Section Chief of the Human Services Section, and Assistant Director and Director of the Central Management Unit.

Neville, a graduate of Queens University of Charlotte and Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, has served since 2002 with the OLS, first as Deputy/Associate/Senior Counsel in the Central Management Unit, and most recently as Senior/Assistant Legislative Counsel in the Office of Legislative Counsel.

Both McMahon and Neville had been serving since January in their new roles in an acting capacity until their permanent appointments were approved by the Legislative Services Commission on Tuesday following a nationwide search.

“I congratulate Maureen and Gabe on their appointments,” said Senate President Nick Scutari (D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset). “The work of OLS is vital to the lawmaking process and to the success of the Legislature in serving the people of New Jersey. “

“The job and expertise of the entire Office of Legislative Services staff is critically important to us as legislators representing the interests of more than nine million New Jerseyans,” said Assembly Speaker Craig J. Coughlin (D-Middlesex). “We are pleased to officially welcome Maureen and Gabe on board in their leadership roles. Drawing on years of experience, they come with a deep understanding of how to help legislators represent their constituents and I am confident that under their leadership OLS will continue to help citizens not only benefit from, but also engage with the work of our Legislature.”

“We need strong and knowledgeable leadership in the Office of Legislative Services to ensure that the agency fulfills its nonpartisan mission of helping the Legislature to serve the public effectively,” said Senate Republican Leader Steven Oroho (R-Sussex). “Maureen and Gabe have decades of experience under the dome during which they have proven themselves capable and earned the trust of Republicans and Democrats alike. We wish them the best and look forward to continuing to work with them in their new roles.”

“I have full confidence in both Maureen and Gabe to lead the Office of Legislative Services and right the ship,” said Assembly Republican Leader John DiMaio (Hunterdon/Somerset/Warren). “Both parties came together to ensure that they will meet the demands and challenges of the job. As lawmakers, we rely on their expertise to develop effective policy that affects each and every resident of New Jersey. I trust Maureen and Gabe, who both have two decades of experience and proven records of success, are the right fit for these very important positions.”

The OLS is an agency of the Legislature that provides professional, nonpartisan staff support services to the Legislature and its officers, members, committees and commissions.