Appointment of a New Acting Law Director
PERTH AMBOY, NJ [8/14/15]—Today, Mayor Wilda Diaz is making a historic decision by appointing Arlene Quinones Perez, Esq. from DeCotiis, FitzPatrick & Cole, LLP, as the Acting City Attorney for the City of Perth Amboy. Mrs. Perez will be the first woman and first Latina to ever serve as the Acting City Attorney for the City of Perth Amboy.
“Mrs. Arlene Perez is committed to the people of Perth Amboy and possesses a unique blend of legal and government experience that will benefit our community. I look forward to having Mrs. Perez join the Perth Amboy team,” said Mayor Wilda Diaz.
Mrs. Perez joined the DeCotiis law firm as a Partner in March 2015. Prior to joining the DeCotiis law firm, she served as General Counsel to the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters (“NRCC”). Prior to joining the NRCC, Mrs. Perez was an Associate with Kroll Heineman Carton, LLC, where she focused on labor law, securities fraud, election law and municipal law. From 2011-2012, Mrs. Perez served as a Judicial Term Law Clerk for the Honorable Michael A. Shipp, a United States District Judge.
Mrs. Perez has extensive government experience that includes service as a Councilwoman in the Town of Clinton, New Jersey (where she was the youngest member of the municipality’s governing body and the only Hispanic woman to serve as an elected official in Hunterdon County), a member of the Town of Clinton’s Board of Adjustment and working as a Confidential Assistant in the Office of the Governor and in the Office of the Attorney General for the State of New Jersey.
Mrs. Perez is the Vice President of the Northern Region for the Hispanic Bar Association of New Jersey. She previously served as a member of the Supreme Court Committee on Women in the Judiciary and the Board of Directors for the Girls Scouts Heart of New Jersey.
She was recently featured in the Hispanic Executive Magazine, listed by PolitickerNJ on the 40 Under 40 Power List, as one of New Jersey’s top 50 rising stars, and featured in the Star-Ledger as a Person of Interest. This past June, Mrs. Perez was awarded the Power of Women Award by Latinas United for Political Empowerment (LUPE) and in 2009, she also received the National Association of Women Lawyers Award.
Mrs. Perez and the current City Attorney will work together until August 31, 2015, to ensure a smooth transition for the City of Perth Amboy.
For additional information about the City of Perth Amboy, please visit: www.ci.perthamboy.nj.us.