Kimberly K. Holmes, Assistant Commissioner of the NJ Dept. of Community Affairs

Kimberly Holmes was appointed by the late and beloved Lieutenant Governor - Sheila Y. Oliver, Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs (“DCA”), as the Chief of Staff in 2020. She also served as the Assistant Commissioner. Ms. Holmes assisted DCA with the City of Atlantic City and by partnering with the following departments: Fiscal, Planning & Development, Police Department, Fire Department and Human Resources Department to improve the operations of the City. The meaningful partnership resulted in the Mayor designating March 26, 2021 as ‘Kimberly K. Holmes Day” in Atlantic City. In August of 2023, she took the oath of office as the Acting Commissioner of DCA. 

Ms. Holmes previously served as a municipal prosecutor in East Orange, and as an assistant prosecutor and Chief for the Bias Crimes and Community Relations Unit with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office. She was a member of legal counsel for the State Commission of Investigation where she conducted confidential investigations about waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars. She served as the Chief of Staff for the Division of Rate Counsel for 12 years. She was also an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Newark specializing in Employment Law and Labor Relations.

In September 2010, she was appointed by the NJ State Supreme Court as an attorney member to the Fee Arbitration Committee. Two years later, the Chief Justice of the NJ State Supreme Court appointed Ms. Holmes as the chair of District 5A for Essex County, NJ. She served as the district chair from 2012-2014. She was also an attorney member of the State Supreme Court Ethics Committee for district 5A.